shut out (something)

shut out (something)
shut out (something) 1. to prevent something from entering a place.

The thick glass windows shut out most of the traffic noise.

My eyes can't stand bright light, so I keep the curtains closed to shut the sunlight out.

2. to not think about something.

She can't shut out the memory of the accident.


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