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v. shut, shut•ting,
adj., n. v.t.
- Closed [a newspaper] up like a surgeon closing an incision above an inoperable truth —Elizabeth Spencer
- The door is closed like the shutter of a stalled-out camera —Thomas McGuane
- It [a door] came [open] easy … like a ghost had blown it open from inside —Jay Parini
- Locked up tighter than Dick’s hatband —Richard Ford
Ford’s simile used to describe a home business that’s not open, is a takeoff on the American colloquialism generally linked with stinginess.
See Also: THRIFT
- Open and shut as if cast from the shadow of a fallen angel’s wing —Anon
- (The elevator doors) opened suavely, like an expensive cream sliding smoothly on a flawless face —Judith Martin
- (Let your mind) open like a clam when the waters slide back to feed it —Marge Piercy
- Opens like a summer rose —George Garrett
- (In love we) open wide as a house to a summer afternoon —Marge Piercy
- (Wake up please) open yourself like a little umbrella —Donald Justice
- (Our room was closed off and) sealed, like a grave inside a pyramid —Yehuda Amichai
- [Emotions] sewn up tighter than a Victorian daughter’s drawers —Roderic Jeffries
- Shut down (the long Minnesota winter) like the white lid of a box —F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Shut firmly in like a trunk locked up when the key is lost —Eibhlin Dhubh Ni Chonnaill
- [Window-blinds] shut like an eye that sleeps —H. G. Wells
- Shut tight as a drum —Anon
- Shut up like a rabbit trap —Noel Streatfeild
- (J. B’s face) shut with a snap like a rat-trap —Gavin Lyall
- (A world had opened and) was closing … like a curtain being silently drawn —John McGahern
close closed shut
If you close /kləʊz/ something such as a door, you move it so that it covers or fills a hole or gap.
You can also say that you shut something such as a door. There is no difference in meaning. The past tense and -ed participle of shut is shut.
Both closed and shut can be adjectives used after a linking verb.
You can use either close or shut to say that work or business stops for a short time in a shop or public building.
You can say that a road, border, or airport is closed.
Don't say that a road, border, or airport 'is shut'.
Past participle: shut
|Verb||1.||shut - move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; "Close the door"; "shut the window"|
snap - close with a snapping motion; "The lock snapped shut"
slat - close the slats of (windows)
shutter - close with shutters; "We shuttered the window to keep the house cool"
draw - move or pull so as to cover or uncover something; "draw the shades"; "draw the curtains"
roll up - close (a car window) by causing it to move up, as with a handle; "she rolled up the window when it started to rain"
bung - close with a cork or stopper
lock away, put away, shut away, shut up, lock in, lock up, lock - place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape; "The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend"; "She locked her jewels in the safe"
|2.||shut - become closed; "The windows closed with a loud bang"|
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
|3.||shut - prevent from entering; shut out; "The trees were shutting out all sunlight"; "This policy excludes people who have a criminal record from entering the country"|
excommunicate, unchurch, curse - exclude from a church or a religious community; "The gay priest was excommunicated when he married his partner"
lock out - prevent employees from working during a strike
prevent, keep - stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
|Adj.||1.||shut - not open; "the door slammed shut" |
closed - not open or affording passage or access; "the many closed streets made travel difficult"; "our neighbors peeped from behind closed curtains"
|2.||shut - used especially of mouth or eyes; "he sat quietly with closed eyes"; "his eyes were shut against the sunlight"|
shut off or out
shut[ʃʌt] (shut (pt, pp))
shut the door/window please → cierra la puerta/ventana por favor
to find the door shut → encontrar que la puerta está cerrada
they shut the door in his face → le dieron con la puerta en las narices
to shut one's fingers in the door → pillarse los dedos en la puerta
what time do the shops shut? → ¿a qué hora cierran las tiendas?
we shut at five → cerramos a las cinco
the lid doesn't shut → la tapa no cierra (bien)
to shut o.s. away → encerrarse
he shuts himself away all day in his room → permanece encerrado todo el día en su habitación
to feel shut in → sentirse encerrado
the runner was shut in → el atleta se encontró tapado, al atleta se le cerró el paso
shut up! → ¡cállate!
to shut up like a clam → callarse como un muerto
shut[ˈʃʌt] [shut] (pt, pp)
keep your mouth shut! (= don't tell anyone) → ne dis rien!
The cinema shut down last year → Le cinéma a fermé l'année dernière.
shutvb: pret, ptp <shut>
shut[ʃʌt] (shut (pt, pp))
to shut the door in sb's face → sbattere la porta in faccia a qn
to shut one's finger in the door → chiudersi un dito nella porta
to shut sb in a room → rinchiudere qn in una stanza
shut your mouth or face! (fam!) → chiudi il becco!
to be shut out of the house → rimanere chiuso/a fuori casa