Phrasal Verbs

rule out

This page is about the phrasal verb rule out


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

a. he hates the sight of blood

b. he thinks he'd be good at it

c. he doesn't get sick very often

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