Etymology
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shutout (n.)

also shut-out, 1889 in sports (baseball), "game in which one side does not score," from the verbal phrase shut out "exclude from a situation, deny (someone) right of entry to a place" (late 14c.), attested from 1881 in the sports sense of "not allow (the other team) to score any runs in a full game" (baseball); from shut (v.) + out (adv.). Middle English had a verb outshut "to shut out, exclude," mid-15c.

updated on September 22, 2022

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Definitions of shutout from WordNet

shutout (n.)
a defeat in a game where one side fails to score;
Synonyms: skunk
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