shutout

noun shut·out \ ˈshət-ˌau̇t \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of shutout

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

Examples of shutout in a Sentence

  1. They beat us in a 9–0 shutout.

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First Known Use of shutout

1889

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shut out

verb

Definition of shut out

1 : exclude
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 shut out in a Sentence

  1. local residents feel that they have been shut out of the debate for expanding the airport

First Known Use of shut out

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SHUTOUT Defined for English Language Learners

shutout

Definition of shutout for English Language Learners

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


SHUTOUT Defined for Kids

shutout

noun shut·out \ ˈshət-ˌau̇t \

Definition of shutout for Students

: a game in which one side fails to score

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