Значение идиомы rule out

[rule out] {v.} 1. To say that must not be done; notallow; also: decide against.

The principal ruled out dances onschool nights.

The play was ruled out by the referee.

Jeanprobably will not go to college, but she has not ruled that out.

2.To show that is not a possibility; make itunnecessary to think about; remove.

We have to find ababy-sitter for tonight; Betsy has a date, so that rules her out.

The doctor took X rays to rule out the chance of broken bones.

3. Tomake impossible; prevent.

Father’s death seems to rule out collegefor Jean.

Betsy’s date for the dance ruled out any baby-sittingthat evening.