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Related to spit out: at a loss
spit something out
1. Lit. to cast something from the mouth. The food was so terrible that I spit it out. I spit out the sweet potatoes.
2. Fig. to manage to say something. Come on! Say it! spit it out! spit it out! Get it said!
3. Fig. to say something scornfully. He spit out his words in utter derision. she spit out the most unpleasant string of curse words I have ever heard from anyone.
To expel something from the mouth; expectorate something: The teacher told the child to spit out the gum. The fish wasn't cooked enough, and I spit it out.