Shut out: How to use

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

According to Merriam-Webster, "shut out" can mean "to not allow (someone) to be involved in your life, to know your personal thoughts and feelings, etc." My question: does "shut out" sound natural/correct in the examples I made below?

a. My father shut me out. We hardly ever see each other, he hardly says hello to me, and never visits me. I just don't know anything about him these days.
b. His girlfriend is shutting him out. She doesn't give him much attention (doesn't talk much, doesn't go out with him, etc). He should break up with her.
c. Jane's employer shut her out. Jane works online and John (her employer) avoids talking to her, doesn't tell her anything about his life, and goes days without sending her a message. It wasn't like that before, so she's very disappointed.

Thank you in advance!
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    All of those are acceptable examples, though I would personally prefer to use a more specific term such as emotionally neglect, ignore, boycott, distance oneself, become estranged, etc. etc.
     
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