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To pay a sum of money, especially one that seems exorbitant or unfair. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shell" and "out" to specify the amount being paid. They said I had to shell out $200 to cancel my contract early! I know it's a lot of money, but you'll have to shell out if you want to join in. I'm going to have to shell nearly $3,000 out for a new water heater!
shell out (an amount of money)
to spend a certain amount of money. I'm not going to shell out $400 for that! Come on. You owe me. Shell out!
Pay, hand over, as in We had to shell out $1,000 for auto repairs. This expression transfers taking a seed such as a pea or nut out of its pod or shell to taking money out of one's pocket. [Colloquial; c. 1800]
To pay some amount of money, often reluctantly: I had to shell out $500 on car repairs. We had to shell the full amount of tuition out even though many of the classes had been canceled.
shell an amount of money outverb
shell out (an amount of money)and shell (an amount of money) out
tv. & in. to spend a certain amount of money. I’m not going to shell $400 out for that!