to rule out

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - rule out

"to rule out"

to eliminate from consideration


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - rule out

"to rule out"

to make something impossible


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - rule out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We are holding interviews for a new account manager.

Colleague 2:  Have you considered Alice?  She's a good worker.

Colleague 1:  Does she have sales experience?  That is an absolute must for the position.

Colleague 2:  No.

Colleague 1:  Then she is ruled out.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - rule out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Do you want to play tennis this afternoon?

Friend 2:  I think the rain rules out that possibility.

Friend 1:  Another time then.

to rule out - Usage:


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to rule out - Gerund Form:

Ruling out your brother as a job interviewee is a good idea.

to rule out - Examples:

1)  For example, Mr. Romney had ruled out running personal attack ads against political rivals, those close to him said.

2)  Dr. Anders sent him to a neurologist who ruled out epilepsy, migraine headaches, brain tumors, Huntington's disease and any other ...

3)  I quickly ruled out more than half based on location and other factors.

4)  And with the other five ruled out, there wasn't sufficient evidence to support the idea that the final possible ...

5)  Israel has not ruled out invading Gaza following cross-border attacks between the IDF and militants.

6)  Such conical whorls may have been used in spinning though one can not rule out that they may have had other functions.

7)  I wouldn't rule out this being complete fraud yet, with the minimal information and the strong desire ...

8)  If you do throw your sword, you can rule out trying to impale anyone as if it were a spear.

9)  If we look at the warming of the last few decades, we can immediately rule out tectonic activity and orbital variations because they are much much too slow to account ...

10)  They arrive at this conclusion by using non-scientific assumptions to rule out the alternatives, in spite of contrary scientific evidence.

11)  That means higher taxes, since the high U.S. debt rules out further loans from other countries.

12)  The back doesn't look removable which rules out an extended battery.

13)  while omitting the bread, ground/chopped meat, or cheese pretty much rules out the possibility of having a "cheeseburger".

14)  Arnolds rules out over-picking and forest management practices, because both edible and inedible mushrooms have declined ...

15)  Anyone that thinks being a successful person, or a millionaire, rules out feeling like a freak and makes you conventional... sorry. 

16)  Reports state that the cows are carved up with stunning precision, ruling out any likelihood of the attacker being a bear or other natural predator.

17)  Make a list of your creative ideas. Begin with ruling out several to shorten the list.

18)  I'm not ruling out the need for regulation, but the need has not presented itself yet.

19)  Experiments are just one method of ruling out alternative explanations for a particular sequence of events.

20)  Also, the craft's engines seemed to be in fine working order.  Ruling out these sorts of possibilities leaves us with just one option: the problem was ...