Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

rule out

rule out
Meaning(s)
1) dismiss from consideration or make something impossible
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • rule someone out, rule out a possibility/of contention
  • Analysis

    To 'rule out' something or someone means to dismiss from consideration or from being a contender. When something is 'ruled out' it is forbidden, excluded, eliminated or is no longer an option. This is a phrasal verb you can use in both social and professional contexts.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Claire was ruled out of the match today with a knee injury. She is expected to be out for a total of 3 weeks.
    2. I'm pretty settled in New York so I doubt I will ever return to Ireland, but who knows what will happen in the future? You can never rule anything out.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Now that Peter has fallen out with the boss, I think we can safely rule him out of contention for the vacant managerial position.
    2. If losses continue to grow at the current rate, then we cannot rule out the possibility of having to cut jobs or even close down the business entirely.
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