out and out(redirected from an out-and-out liar)
out and out
1. adjective Absolute; total. Typically hyphenated and used before a noun. I don't think the guy is an out-and-out liar, I just don't completely trust him. The entire project was an out-and-out disaster from beginning to end.
2. adverb Wholly or completely. We're still hoping that the show won't be canceled out and out, but it remains to be seen. He accused the politician of out and out lying to the public.
Complete; utter; absolute; thoroughgoing. Always used as a modifier before a noun. Their lead singer is an out-and-out genius when it comes to writing music! That's an out-and-out lie! I demand you take that back!
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COMMON You use out-and-out before a noun in order to emphasize that someone or something is very clearly and definitely the kind of person or thing mentioned. His investment has proved to be an out-and-out winner. This was almost certainly an out-and-out lie.
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mod. complete or total; blatant. Don’t be such an out-and-out stinker!
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out and out
Thoroughly, wholly. This term preserves the old meaning of the adverb out as “to the conclusion” or “to an end” (from ca. 1300). Chaucer used it in Troilus and Criseyde (ca. 1374): “For out and out he is the worthiest, save only Ector.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer