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 Davis, then a 13-year-old pitching phenom, became the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series. David Close, CNN, "Watch Nate Diaz's UFC comeback this weekend. The Little League and NASCAR also aren't to be missed," 16 Aug. 2019 The playoff trail started with a 14-0 first-round shutout against Windward, a 2-1, nine-inning thriller against Warren and then another 2-1 nailbiter in 11 innings against Ocean View, all capped by a resounding 13-2 win at Oak Hills. Vincent Nguyen, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Looking Back: La Cañada teams fueled off pressure for successful campaigns," 24 July 2019 Sean Manaea dealt six shutout innings, striking out six and giving up just three hits on 95 pitches. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics break 23-year record, sweep Rangers," 15 Sep. 2019 Cueto threw five shutout innings in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Miami at Oracle Park. Ron Kroichick,, "Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto thrives again in victory over Marlins," 15 Sep. 2019 RHP Ignacio Feliz struck out seven and allowed only one hit in six shutout innings in the start. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Storm advance to Cal League finals; Sod Poodles still scrapping," 8 Sep. 2019 Cubs righthander Yu Darvish dominated through seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out 10. Emily Caron,, "Bryce Harper Demolishes Walk-Off Grand Slam to Cap Phillies' Comeback Over Cubs," 15 Aug. 2019 Giants right-hander Dereck Rodriguez, who entered the game with a 4-6 record and 5.32 ERA, kept the Diamondbacks hitters off balance through seven shutout innings. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks dumbfounded after shutout loss to Giants in series opener," 15 Aug. 2019 But in 2019, Rodriguez has shed his past inconsistency and emerged as ballast for the Red Sox rotation, a pattern that continued with seven shutout innings in a 9-4 Red Sox victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Alex Speier,, "‘Steady Eddie’ Rodriguez gets Red Sox back on track," 23 July 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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The first known use of shutout was in the 14th century

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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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a calculated move

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