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cancel each other out

[for the opposite effects of two things] to balance each other. The cost of the meal you bought and what I owed you cancel each other out, so we're even. They canceled out each other.
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cancel out (of something)

to withdraw from something. I hate to cancel out of the event at the last minute, but this is an emergency. It's too late to cancel out.
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cancel someone out of something

 and cancel someone out 
1. to eliminate someone from something (as from a list of names). We had to cancel them out. We canceled out all the people who did not show up.
2. Sl. to eliminate someone; to kill someone. The drug lord threatened to cancel out his former partner for testifying against him.
See also: cancel, of, out

cancel someone's Christmas

Sl. to kill someone; to destroy someone. (Underworld or jocular; the idea is that the dead person will not live until Christmas.) If he keeps bugging me, I'm gonna cancel his Christmas. Willie threatened to cancel Richard's Christmas if Richard didn't pay up.
See also: cancel, Christmas

cancel something out

to balance the effects of something. Sending flowers might cancel the bad feelings out. The last payment canceled out the debt.
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cancel out

Neutralize the effect of, offset, render void. For example, Anne's kindness to her neighbor could not cancel out her irritability. The verb cancel was used in this way by itself from the late 1400s; out was added in the early 1900s.
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cancel out

v.
1. To delete or erase something: I went back to the list and canceled out my name. Realizing the total was incorrect, I canceled it out and recalculated the price.
2. To equalize or make up for something; offset something: Today's decline in the stock's price canceled out yesterday's gain. We made record progress last month, but the delays this month have canceled it out. I never go to the beach because the fun of swimming in the ocean and the difficulty of getting to the beach cancel out.
3. To remove a common factor from both sides of a mathematical equation: After I canceled out the common factors, I could easily solve for the variable. When two factors are equal, you can cancel them out.
4. To withdraw from something, as an activity or obligation: They had dinner reservations with us, but they had to cancel out when they couldn't find a babysitter.
5. Slang To murder someone: The loan shark threatened to cancel me out if I didn't pay him the money. The gangsters vowed to cancel out any rivals.
See also: cancel, out

cancel someone out of something

tv. to eliminate someone; to kill someone. The drug lord threatened to cancel out his former partner for testifying against him.
See also: cancel, of, out

cancel someone’s Christmas

tv. to kill someone; to destroy someone. (Underworld. The dead person will miss Christmas.) If he keeps bugging me, I’m gonna cancel his Christmas.
See also: cancel, Christmas
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19 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan National Corporation (Nasdaq-NNM: MNCO) today announced that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $25 million of common stock or Cancelable Mandatory Purchase Contracts in open market or privately negotiated transactions from time to time, depending upon market conditions.
The previously announced tender offers will result in approximately 14% of the shares outstanding as of December 2, 1994, and 294,847 of the Cancelable Mandatory Stock Purchase Contracts being repurchased.
In addition, UNUM has indicated its plans to suspend sales of non- cancelable policies and to introduce new products that will offer pricing flexibility and benefit provisions that are more appropriately designed to reflect the income protection needs of individuals.
If the agreement is terminated for cause by the company or is terminated by SoloPak, SoloPak is required to purchase from the company certain quantities of products during the quarter in which the termination occurs and the next succeeding quarter, and to purchase certain components that are in the company's inventory or are subject to non- cancelable purchase orders.
The corporation also purchased 294,847 of its Cancelable Mandatory Stock Purchase Contracts at a price of $21.
2 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan National Corporation (Nasdaq-NNM: MNCO) today announced that its board of directors has unanimously authorized repurchase offers for its Common Stock and Cancelable Mandatory Stock Purchase Contracts ("Purchase Contracts") totaling $200 million commencing November 3, 1994.