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sketch something out
to create a rough idea or image of something by sketching or some other means. (Does not necessarily require an actual sketch.) Sally sketched the furniture arrangement out so we could get an idea of what it was to look like. Would you sketch out your ideas, please?
sketch out somethingalso sketch in something
to describe something in a general way Dean sketched out a rough plan of where we should go and what we should see while we were there. The president sent the defense secretary to the Senate today to sketch in details of the program.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of sketch (to draw quickly and with only a few details)
1. To make a hasty or undetailed drawing or painting of something, often as a preliminary study: The architect sketched out a couple of ideas on a napkin. I sketched the figure out with pencil before I started painting.
2. To give a brief general account or presentation of something; outline something: The president sketched out her plan for the following year. Before I started writing my paper, I sat down and sketched my ideas out.
3. Slang To cause someone to experience an odd, unusual, and sometimes uneasy sensation: Their strange customs sketched out the visitors. His creepy smile sketched us out.