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want out(of something)
1. to desire to get out of something or some place. I want out of this stuffy room. Where's the door? I want out.
2. Fig. to desire to be relieved of a responsibility. I want out of this responsibility. I don't have the time to do it right. This job is no good for me. I want out.
3. Fig. to want to remove oneself from some association or relationship. I want out. This relationship is stifling me.
1. To desire to leave: The cat wants out. I want out of this city.
2. To desire to leave a project, business, or other undertaking: The recruit wanted out after realizing how risky the venture was. I want out of this program.
3. To desire that someone or something leave a project, business, or other undertaking: The boss wanted those employees out after they messed up the project.
in. to want to remove oneself from some association or relationship. Ted had had as much as he could stand, and he wanted out.