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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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DS1 echo cancelers will work with the primary rate, but the problem occurs when you want to use the B channels for data traffic," McConnell elaborates.
The echo cancelers with the in-band 2100 Hz tone method of turning off cancellation will not work because of the lack of in-band signaling access.
The Company specializes in providing a complete turnkey service, encompassing all aspects of design, supply, installation and maintenance of the cancelers and associated network equipment.
Oren Semiconductor ghost canceler ICs are compatible with all GCR signal standards worldwide.
Compatible with Ghost Canceler Reference Signal Standards Worldwide
Worldwide, more than 100 million televisions are sold every year; over one third of these are sold in countries that have already established ghost canceler reference (GCR) standards to facilitate television ghost cancellation.
Oren Semiconductor is already working with its first customer, Philips Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), to supply ICs for Philips' line of Magnavox ImageLock(TM) ghost canceler systems and Magnavox brand televisions.
The enabling technologies supported by the WTP include vocoders, echo cancelers, programmable switching, SS7, voice dialing, fax, data and a broad range of internationally proven interfaces -- including T1/E1 trunks, 4 wire E&M and analog interfaces -- all based on open standards and all interoperable with other vendors' products.