Grammar Patterns

V n out of n

The 'shut' group

These verbs are concerned with excluding someone or something. We include here block and blot, which indicate that someone excludes a thought from their mind.
You know it can happen but you have to block it out of your mind.
They were concerned that they were being left out of the decision-making process.
She also bombarded him with cruel abuse and locked him out of the house at night.
American semiconductor firms were virtually shut out of the Japanese market.
  • block
  • blot
  • cut
  • edge
  • freeze
  • leave
  • lock
  • put
  • rule
  • shut
  • squeeze (usu passive)
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