verb (shuts, shutting; past and past participle shut)[with object]
- 1Move (something) into position so that it blocks an opening: shut the window, please she shut her lips tight (as adjective shut) she slammed the door shutMore example sentences
- Don't keep your bedroom door and windows shut all day long.
- I shut my eyes and moved blindly forward, towards that door.
- The sound of the front door opening and slamming shut a second later broke the silence between us.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of something that can block an opening) move or be moved into position: the door shut behind himMore example sentences
- Peer through the dusty glass and you might catch sight of the two thick yellow metal doors behind, jammed tightly shut with no obvious opening mechanism.
- Vincent, who had not moved from where he lay, heard the door shut behind them and the room fall silent.
- When I hear what students, purporting to study for English degrees, know and do not know nowadays, I seem to sense huge doors shutting quietly behind us.
- 1.2Block an opening into (something) by moving something into position: he shut the box and locked itMore example sentences
- He shut the cellar door and we heard him push the boxes and rugs over it.
- 1.4Keep (someone or something) in a place by closing something such as a door: it was his own dog that he had accidentally shut outsideMore example sentences
- Steve's convinced it was done by some ‘yobs’ outside and dismisses those who believe the door was blown shut by the wind.
- He and his fellow guards handcuffed the men and took them outside, he closed the door shut, and the slaves were back to work.
- What would you do if I shut you outside, to stand in the rain and catch cold so you died?
- 1.5Fold or bring together the sides of (something) so as to close it: he shut his bookMore example sentences
- Jordan had looked up, suddenly, while instinctively shutting her sketch book.
- Alex took pity on him, and shut his sketch book with a snap.
- You shut your biology book with a thud, and stared at him from across the table.
- 1.6Prevent access to or along: they ought to shut the path up to that terrible cliffMore example sentences
- Even the fact that you can shut the Gaza Strip and prevent people from there going to their leader's funeral is not really right.
- The castle is surrounded by a metal fence, and all of the entrances to it are welded shut by some of his servants to prevent anyone from coming or going.
- He points out that landowners have weakened the case for shutting access, by allowing deer stalking from last week.
- 1.7Make or become unavailable for business or service, either permanently or until due to be open again; close: we shut the shop for lunch [no object]: the accident and emergency departments will shutMore example sentences
- State and local investigators blamed the accident on a maintenance error that left open a natural gas valve as the boiler was being shut for routine service.
- The moment one shop opens, others that stay shut lose business.
- Businesses that were shut in the afternoon have reopened, and it's looking like things are slowly getting back to normal.
be (or get) shut of
- • informal Be (or get) rid of: I’d be glad to be shut of himMore example sentences
- If it was losing money, then I say get shut of it and spend the money on something more important, like players.
- But he finally got shut of the shop, enabling him to move out of the area, when the Mini-Mart and three-bedroom maisonette was sold.
- Now, to get this groomed effect must take quite some effort, and a lot more time than just getting shut of it all.
shut the door on (or to)
- see door.
shut one's eyes to
- see eye.
shut one's mind to
- see mind.
shut the stable door after the horse has bolted
- Try to avoid or prevent something bad or unwelcome when it is already too late to do so.More example sentences
- The government follows every terrorist attack with an announcement of new laws - shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.
- This apparent change of direction, while better late than never, is a case of " shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted ".
- He said: "At the moment, we're not allowed to close footpaths until we get swine fever, which really is shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted."
shut up shop
- see shop.
shut your face (or mouth or trap)!
- • informal Used as a rude or angry way of telling someone to be quiet.More example sentences
- This advice only confuses me - should I tell the plant or Paul to ‘shut your trap!’
- On that note, this letter shows that when such opinions are published, we, the readers, will respond with a united ‘shut your mouth!’
- John, for once in your life, shut your mouth!
shut down (or shut something down)
- Cease (or cause something to cease) business or operation: the plant’s operators decided to shut down the reactorMore example sentences
- The 50-year-old solicitor's career has been in tatters since he lost an appeal against conviction for being drunk and disorderly and his business was shut down.
- Stranded passengers seen outside Piarco International Airport, yesterday, after operations were shut down because of a bomb threat.
- Coke's operations were shut down in the early 90's during Somalia's civil war.
shut someone/something in
- Keep someone or something inside a place by closing something such as a door: her parents shut her in an upstairs roomMore example sentences
- But, as usual I ruin the possible best moment of my life by running inside and shutting the door in his face.
- She quickly took her inside then shut the door in my face.
- The packing site in Claremorris will be the third facility to close, with plants in Foxfield and Carbury shutting their doors in recent months.
- Trap something by shutting a door or drawer on it: you shut your finger in the doorMore example sentences
- And on a completely different subject (that of pain) I just shut my finger in a drawer while taking a pen out of it.
- She paused for a moment as though opening and shutting drawers in her head.
- ‘We can fold the buggy up if you like,’ Mr Upstairs said in a tone of voice which really meant, ‘I'd rather shut my fingers in the door than create any room for you.’
shut off (or shut something off)
- (Used especially in relation to water, electricity, or gas) stop (or cause something to stop) flowing: he was about to shut off the powerMore example sentences
- When he was 30 metres away from the scene, the hydrant burst and he rushed to find a stop valve to shut the water off, which he managed to do after about ten minutes.
- Well, the good news is, for me, my hot water has not been shut off, I still have my parking privileges so I'm grateful.
- Monday I came home to a letter in my mailbox, advising all residents of my building that unless the water bill is paid in person by November 20th, the water will be shut off.
- Stop (or cause something to stop) working: the engines shut off automaticallyMore example sentences
- Our trucks have a mechanism that automatically shuts the engine off if it's idling over the limit.
- An idle-stop function saves had by shutting the engine off during deceleration and when stopped, and regenerative braking supplies electricity to recharge the battery or to run the vehicle electric-only.
- Then the job is done, and the generator engine is shut off, reluctantly, slowly it cranks down.
- (shut something off) Block the entrances and exits of something: the six compartments were being shut off from each otherMore example sentences
- Both the rear door and two side entrances were shut off from the outside world by neck-high wooden swing-doors.
- The exit and most of the room was shut off by a massive pile of metal and concrete.
- Visitors have noted, with exasperation and frustration, that their gateways can be shut off by illegal street parking.
shut oneself off
- Isolate oneself from other people.More example sentences
- Imagine the feelings that course through you as you brew your tea and anticipate the pleasure of shutting yourself off from the world for an afternoon.
- The director of the York branch of the Samaritans, said that farmers were suffering high stress levels because they were shutting themselves off from the world in a bid to stop the disease spreading.
- Hibernation is nature's way of shutting ourselves off as does growth a time to rest and recharge our energy.
shut someone/something out
- Keep someone or something out of a place or situation: the door swung closed behind them, shutting out some of the noiseMore example sentences
- She entered the room and closed the door behind her, shutting Ryo out.
- It's like you shut them out every time you sit down behind your laptop.
- Prevent an opponent from scoring in a game.More example sentences
- They changed ends with a 13-5 lead but then proceeded to score 14 points in 10 minutes to effectively shut Windermere out of the game.
- Up a game, we looked like we had a good chance to win the series, but the Blackhawks shut us out in Chicago in Game 6, 4-0, and won Game 7 in Detroit, 4-2.
- Stus, who took home a $4,500 check for his second-place finish, didn't take advantage of Winger's opens and left room for his opponent to shut him out.
- Screen someone or something from view: clouds shut out the starsMore example sentences
- Free and unfettered, the press can shut people out, ignore their views, or unfairly constrict debate.
- And so it grew and grew until the summit was shut out of view from the valley, and over the valley itself was an everextending canopy, opaque and grey.
- Prevent something from occurring: there was a high-mindedness that shut out any consideration of alternativesMore example sentences
- The best officials usually don't know the final score; they officiate in a zone, where the crowd noise is shut out.
- South Africa had already guaranteed a spot in the finals but, aiming to shut the Australians out of the best-of-three finals series, abandoned the biggest run-chase of the series.
- The Indians were shut out three times in his first 14 starts and scored three runs or fewer in eight of them.
- Block something such as a painful memory from the mind: anything he didn’t like he shut outMore example sentences
- The tears slid down my cheeks and I closed my eyes to shut his face out of my mind.
- He shut his uncharacteristic anxiety out of his mind disdainfully.
- I thought the story had run its course and I shut royal affairs out of my mind.
shut up (or shut someone up)
- [often in imperative] • informal Stop (or cause someone to stop) talking: just shut up and listen I lifted a finger slightly to shut him upMore example sentences
- His only initial reason for doing it was to shut her up, to stop her from requesting impossible things from him.
- Harrison talks too much, and I can't wait to get in that ring and shut him up.
- She has the intestinal fortitude to get up and have a go after every effort has been made to shut her up and close her down.
Old English scyttan 'put (a bolt) in position to hold fast'; related to Dutch schutten 'shut up, obstruct', also to shoot.