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1. Leave, especially for a distant place, as in The transport planes carried troops shipping out to the Mediterranean. Although this usage originally meant "depart by ship," the expression is no longer limited to that mode of travel. [c. 1900]
2. Send, export, especially to a distant place, as in The factory shipped out many more orders last month. [Mid-1600s]
3. Quit a job or be fired; see shape up, def. 3.
1. To accept a position on board a ship and serve as a crew member: The sailor shipped out on a tanker.
2. To leave, as for a distant place: The troops shipped out for the war zone.
3. To send something or someone, as to a distant place: The army shipped out more troops to the war zone. The factory shipped the part out to the dealership.