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rule out

Meaning: If you rule something out, you don't think it's possible.

For example:

  • rule out sb/sth Sally will probably win, but don't rule out Carol. She's got a good chance too.

  • rule sb/sth out We thought she might have cancer, but after seeing the latest test results, I think we can rule that out.

Quick Quiz:

My son has ruled out a career as a doctor because
  1. he hates the sight of blood
  2. he thinks he'd be good at it
  3. he doesn't get sick very often

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