shut·​out | \ ˈshət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shutout (audio) \

Definition of shutout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a game or contest in which one side fails to score
2 : a preemptive bid in bridge

shut out

shut out; shutting out; shuts out

Definition of shut out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for shutout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Timmy Kelly scored and Daniel Freeman earned the shutout as the Presidents opened their season with the Patriot League road victory. Jacob Levin,, "Woburn girls’ hockey begins new era with tie against Middlesex League rival Arlington," 2 Jan. 2021 Canadian goaltender Devon Levi posted 15 saves in the shutout. Associated Press, Star Tribune, "U.S. blanks Czech Republic to clinch a spot in world junior hockey championships quarterfinals," 30 Dec. 2020 To characterize the shutout as a surprise would be to overlook a 5-9 record and lack of offensive productivity since quarterback Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle injury in Week 5. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys left off Pro Bowl roster, ending a streak of 30 straight seasons," 21 Dec. 2020 The shutout was the Black Knights' first against the Midshipmen since 1969. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Once unimaginable, Army now owns rivalry series against Navy," 13 Dec. 2020 In the 2018 AFC Championship Game, his Patriots defense posted the only first-half shutout against Mahomes in the past two years. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Only Dan Marino understands what Patrick Mahomes is going through | Commentary," 10 Dec. 2020 Freshman Zach Gibson threw for 141 yards and found Michael Mathison for an 11-yard TD in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout. Associated Press, The Enquirer, "Miami rolls to program's 700th victory," 29 Nov. 2020 Orlando Pride defender Emily Sonnett earned an appearance in the 75th minute, holding down the shutout at the left back position. Julia Poe,, "Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan returns to international stage during USWNT win," 27 Nov. 2020 There are rumours the shutout has to do with The Grammys forcing him to choose between performing at their show or the Super Bowl. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "The Grammys Fumbled Its R&B Categories, But Should We Even Care?," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of shutout


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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17 Jan 2021

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“Shutout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shutout

US : a game or contest in which one side does not score


shut·​out | \ ˈshət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce shutout (audio) \

Kids Definition of shutout

: a game in which one side fails to score

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