rule out
transitive verb Date: 1869 1. exclude, eliminate 2. to make impossible ; prevent <
heavy rain ruled out the picnic
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  • rule out — {v.} 1. To say that (something) must not be done; not allow; also: decide against. * /The principal ruled out dances on school nights./ * /The play was ruled out by the referee./ * /Jean probably will not go to college, but she has not ruled that …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rule out — {v.} 1. To say that (something) must not be done; not allow; also: decide against. * /The principal ruled out dances on school nights./ * /The play was ruled out by the referee./ * /Jean probably will not go to college, but she has not ruled that …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rule\ out — v 1. To say that (smth) must not be done; not allow; also: decide against. The principal ruled out dances on school nights. The play was ruled out by the referee. Jean probably will not go to college, but she has not ruled that out. 2. To show… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • rule out — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you rule out a course of action, an idea, or a solution, you decide that it is impossible or unsuitable. [V P n (not pron)] The Prime Minister is believed to have ruled out cuts in child benefit or pensions... [V P n (not… …   English dictionary

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