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shut out (1)

Meaning: to stop someone or something from entering a room or a building

Synonym: lock out

For example:

  • shut out sb Kyle put a lock on his bedroom door to shut out his parents.

  • shut sb out of sth Mandy was so angry with her boyfriend that she shut him out of the house.

Quick Quiz:

I'm shut out of my own apartment because I
  1. want to buy a new one
  2. have to go to work
  3. forgot to take my keys

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