shut out

[shut out] {v.} 1. To prevent from coming in; block.

DuringWorld War II, Malta managed to shut out most of the Italian and Germanbombers by throwing up an effective anti-aircraft screen.

The boyswere annoyed by Tom's telling club secrets and shut him out of theirmeeting.

2. To prevent (an opposing team) from scoring throughout anentire game.

The Dodgers shut out the Reds, 5-0.