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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.
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13--Fall Golf Outing, Hartmann's Summer Resort, Harmony, Pa.
Jackie Horowitz, project manager, Turner Construction and PWC board member, said, "Golf outings give women an opportunity to bond.
Now's the time to begin planning this year's corporate golf outing if you haven't already, says Zerkel.
Access turn-by-turn driving directions from the current geo-location to each outing
If the corporate outing will involve 216 people, players can divide into three groups and all play at the same time.
The strong showing at this outing signals a healthy economy.
Lima pitched miserably in his previous outing, April 22 at Colorado in temperatures that dipped into the 30s.
Over 50 golfers participated in the outing that raised over $5,000 for the Agri-Business Educational Foundation.
VanNess says most of his golf outing customers have already played his course at least once beforehand.
August 13, 1991: Selleck takes on outing, sues the Globe
AKRON, Ohio -- Vincent King, Executive Director of The First Tee of Akron, announced today that The Second Annual Golf Outing, Dinner and Auction will be held on May 6th and May 7th.
June 14--Annual Golf Outing, Oakhaven Golf Club, Delaware, Ohio.
The Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York (ACP) raised more than $30,000 at its annual golf outing on May 8, 2006 for Sunrise Day Camp, a new one-of-a-kind day camp set to open on July 10, 2006.
West Michigan Rubber Group, golf outing, Holiday Inn, Spring Lake, MI, Morris Riddle (574) 935-3792--June 1.