shutout

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noun

shut·​out ˈshət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shutout (audio)
1
: a game or contest in which one side fails to score
2
: a preemptive bid in bridge

shut out

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verb

shut out; shutting out; shuts out

transitive verb

1
2
: to prevent (an opponent) from scoring in a game or contest
3
: to forestall the bidding of (bridge opponents) by making a high or preemptive bid

Examples of shutout in a Sentence

Noun They beat us in a 9–0 shutout. Verb local residents feel that they have been shut out of the debate for expanding the airport
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
More on Sergei Bobrovsky Bobrovsky’s shutout on Saturday was his third of the season, his eighth with the Panthers and the 41st of his career. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 11 Feb. 2024 Miami ground out touchdowns on its first two possessions, pitched a shutout until late and throttled Minnesota, 24-7. Billy Witz Sinna Nasseri, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024 In a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders at Xcel Energy Center, Fleury made 21 saves in his 74th career shutout and finally passed Roy, the Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender when Fleury was growing up in nearby Sorel, Quebec. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 15 Jan. 2024 The Hawks have more questions than answers after suffering their second straight shutout in their 50th game this season, their last before the NHL All-Star break. Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 And yet Gerwig’s shutout in the director category has touched a nerve with women. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2024 Whether Bay Area restaurants will make a comeback after last year’s shutout remains to be seen. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 Fleury moved into second place on the NHL career wins list, and earned his 74th career shutout, on Monday. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 17 Jan. 2024 His 90 shutouts is second on the all-time list to Walter Johnson and his 16 shutouts in 1916 is still the major league record. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024
Verb
However, the class of ‘99 was completely shut out this year, including artists such as Lil Wayne, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and My Morning Jacket. Al Shipley, SPIN, 10 Feb. 2024 Even though Ice went home empty-handed after being shut out in the four categories she was nominated in, Ice Spice couldn’t contain her excitement. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 5 Feb. 2024 In the end, she was shut out in her six categories of nomination. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 5 Feb. 2024 The red dots on the water board’s map that tracks water systems dependent on unsafe or dry wells are clustered in unincorporated areas, overwhelmingly lower income, home to people of color, historically shut out of cities by racial covenants and redlining. Miriam Pawel, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Also, the Kendall Hammocks Warriors 85s tackle football team shut out the Suniland Sundevils 27-0 to improve to 3-0. Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 Women are still largely shut out of the most powerful filmmaking jobs: Even accounting for Gerwig’s record-breaking success with Barbie, women directed only 16 percent of the top-grossing films in 2023 and held only 22 percent of major behind-the-scenes roles on those films. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2024 However, the Oscars have ignited controversy by shutting out the two women for acting and directing honors. Zack Sharf, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 The rising number of shows offered greater opportunity for women and people of color — long shut out of late-night comedy — as writers and hosts. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shutout was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shutout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shutout. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

shutout

1 of 2 noun
shut·​out ˈshət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shutout (audio)
: a game in which one side fails to score

shut out

2 of 2 verb
ˌshət-ˈau̇t
1
: to keep something out : exclude
2
: to keep an opponent from scoring in a game

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