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out (some amount of money)

Having lost, wasted, or spent some amount of money; having some amount of money less at one's disposal. You little punk! I'm out nearly $500 in repairs because of what you did to my car! I'm very choosy about the movies I go see in the theater—if I'm going to be out 15 bucks, I'll be damn sure it's something I really want to see.
See also: amount, of, out

starve (someone or something) out

To deprive someone or something of food in order to force them to submit or surrender. The terrorists have indicated that they will not leave the building peacefully, so police are planning to simply starve them out. The empire's army began starving the rebel city out, its siege lasting nearly three months.
See also: out, starve

*out (in blossom)

 and *out (in bloom)
[of a plant or tree] blooming; [of flowers] open in blooms. (*Typically: be ~; come ~.) All the trees were out in blossom. The daffodils won't be out until next week.


 (from under someone or something)
1. Lit. out from beneath someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; crawl ~; creep ~; move ~.) Will you please get out from under my bed? The dog got out from under her just before she sat down.
2. Fig. free of someone's control or the burden of a problem. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; crawl ~; move ~.) Mary wanted to get out from under her mother. There is so much work to do! I don't know when I'll ever get out from under it.


 (of something)
1. gone; having left some place; absent froma place; escaped. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) The monkey is out of its cage. Sam is out of the building at present.
2. having no more of something. (*Typically: be ~; run ~.) Sorry, we are fresh out of cucumbers. We ran out of catsup and mustard halfway through the picnic.
3. free of the responsibility of doing something. (*Typically: get ~.) Are you trying to get out of this job? You agreed to do it, and you can't get out of it!


an excuse; means of avoiding something. (*Typically: have ~; give someone ~.) He's very clever. No matter what happens, he always has an out.

out (on strike)

to be away from one's job in a strike or protest. The workers went out on strike. We can't do anything while the workers are out.


1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. (Probably from far out.) Those guys are really out!
2. mod. out of fashion. (The opposite of in.) That kind of clothing is strictly out.
3. tv. to make someone’s homosexuality public. (Can be reflexive.) He outed himself at the party last Friday.
References in classic literature ?
We approached the door; but suddenly a woman appeared out of the shadow and stood in the golden track of the lamp-light.
As he threw the door open an old woman ran out in front of him and tried to bar his passage, but he thrust her back, and an instant afterwards we were all upon the stairs.
I burst out laughing, out of sympathy with her merriment; but Grant Munro stood staring, with his hand clutching his throat.
I should have waited for the morning, but I could not sleep for excitement, and so at last I slipped out, knowing how difficult it is to awake you.
He lifted the little child, kissed her, and then, still carrying her, he held his other hand out to his wife and turned towards the door.
Holmes and I followed them down the lane, and my friend plucked at my sleeve as we came out.
At last he outs into the passage, and he cries, 'Is that man never goin' to come?
Ins: Iturbe (loan), Afobe (PS12m), Grabban (PS7m), Adamonis (loan) Outs: Kermorgant (PS500,000), Ward (free), Tomlin (loan), Stockley (loan) What could happen: Tyrone Mings is out for the season - Rhoys Wiggins could return from Charlton Athletic.
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Similarly, in the world of entertainment and pop culture it became more difficult during the year to stay in the closet than to just come out.
Defenses can't waste time outs on plays that do this.
If a school district has made the decision that they're going to a do shoot-out, we do our best to talk them out of it," he adds.
In a few cases, he says, he's even taken on the job of sending out invitations for corporate golf outings.
Before one telecom-equipment provider was carved out and subsequently spun off (2) for example, it had virtually no access to customers for its telecom hardware products that competed with those of its parent.
Benefits specifically targeted to low-income taxpayers (such as the earned income credit, elderly credit and dependent care credit) would phase out under the low-income taxpayer phase-out range.