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 Fern Creek was able to break the shutout late in the third quarter when Terrance Mitchell found a seam and turned it into a 73-yard touchdown run. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Sophomore Vinny Anthony comes up big for Male football in win over Fern Creek," 16 Nov. 2019 The Gators led 28-0, but the Commodores were on the UF 10-yard line, threatening to break up the shutout. Kyle Wood,, "UF linebacker Mohamoud Diabate delivers breakout game as Gators’ defense finds its mojo," 9 Nov. 2019 The Scarlet Knights scored four plays later to break the shutout. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers’ Redemption Tour 2019 faces one more hurdle in Maryland," 24 Oct. 2019 Facing a Red Sox lineup that included Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr., Scherzer pitched three shutout innings., "Carlos Beltran," 20 Oct. 2019 Down 35-0 in the fourth quarter, Western Hills broke the shutout when Na’Davi Gaither connected with Kayvon Britten for a 78-yard touchdown reception. Alexander Harrison,, "Week 3 high school football scores from Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana," 13 Sep. 2019 That play came after League City had just scored an unearned run when back-to-back throwing miscues broke the shutout. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "NASA-Orange’s magic number to claiming California prize down to one after 11-4 win," 19 July 2019 Based on this standard, he is still bothered that the last of Boston’s 33 shots on goal went bar-down from Matt Grzelcyk, breaking the shutout. Alex Prewitt,, "Gloria! Blues Turn Lost Season Into Long-Awaited Stanley Cup Title," 13 June 2019 Wilde Lake wins its fourth consecutive state Class C soccer championship by shutout, 4-0, over St. Michaels (Talbot). Mike Klingaman,, "This Week in Baltimore Sports History: Priest Holmes helps Ravens run past Bengals," 18 Nov. 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

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“Shutout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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