out-and-out


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out-and-out

(used before a noun) Complete; utter; absolute; thoroughgoing. Their lead singer is an out-and-out genius when it comes to writing music! That's an out-and-out lie! I demand you take that back!

out-and-out

having all the qualities of a particular thing or person, especially something or someone unpleasant (always before noun) The trip was an out-and-out disaster: the airline lost our luggage, the hotel was dirty, and it rained every day. I didn't smash that window - that's an out-and-out lie!

out-and-out

mod. complete or total; blatant. Don’t be such an out-and-out stinker!