shut out (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb shut out (2).

Meaning: to stop yourself thinking about or feeling something that upsets you or hurts you

Synonym: block out, suppress

For example:

  • shut out sth She still finds it difficult to shut out the memory of her grandmother's illness.

  • shut sth out The thought of losing her is unbearable, and no matter how hard I try, I just can't shut it out.

Quick Quiz:

Bobby tried to shut out the thought of

a. that terrible night

b. that funny movie

c. that exciting game

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