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blurt out

To say something unexpectedly, often at an inopportune time or with the wrong audience (as of a private or secret matter). A noun or pronoun can be used between "blurt" and "out." I can't believe you blurted out the plans for her surprise party right to her face! Don't tell your little brother anything you want to keep secret, because he'll definitely blurt it out.
See also: out

blurt something out (at someone)

to say something to someone without thinking. (Usually to say something that should not be said.) It was a secret. Why did you blurt it out? Why did you blurt out our hiding place?
See also: out

blurt out

Say abruptly or inadvertently, utter without thinking. For example, Unfortunately he blurted out how much he hated formal dinners just as his hostess walked in . [Late 1500s]
See also: out
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Is it true?" Jazz blurts out while her father is driving the car.
It's no good just saying "I'm the kind of person who blurts out secrets." You need to try harder and stop playing the drama queen.
Meanwhile, Summer blurts out the news of Tash's 'pregnancy', and it's the talk of the school.
Gilly blurts out his feelings for Sarah, Darren finds a new client to promote, Sasha is startled by a visitor at her mother's grave and Dom, the oldest virgin in town, tries to chat up Tina.
Asked what Buick stands for today, Shannon pauses for a few surprising seconds and then blurts out: "We're an American alternative to overpriced import sedans." Now onto the next question: How do you get a Lexus owner to consider walking into a Buick showroom, to say nothing of actually signing on the bottom line?
Meanwhile, even he knows that he and intellectual, humorless Grace are ill matched; when he blurts out that he loves her, he's left "feeling barefoot surrounded by broken glass." When she finally breaks up with him, he realizes that "I gave my heart away to somebody who never wanted it." Salvation lays in Colt's unlikely but growing friendship with a new classmate, a forthright girl with green hair who sees through his tough-guy facade and tutors him in English.
"I like you," he blurts out. "And don't ask me if I like like you, because that's exactly what I mean." He turns beet red.
Will they agree not to leave the room if the reporter blurts out [Bonesman code word] '322' ...?"
In an unguarded moment, Joshua Hammer's translator blurts out an astonishing description of his fellow Palestinian Christians.
Adapted by Anderson (If These Walls Could Talk 2) from her 1988 play, Normal Begins when Roy (Tom Wilkinson of In the Bedroom) blurts out that he's spent his life as a woman trapped in a man's body.
Then there is George Bush - the only thing which distinguishes him from his dad is that 'W' which everyone blurts out but nobody knows what it stands for.
Among them: "often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities," "is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli," "often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat," and "often blurts out answers before questions have been completed." As Walker and DeGrandpre both note, parents are frequently surprised to learn that the clinical observation of these symptoms, over the span of a 10-minute doctor's consultation, is the sole basis of an ADHD diagnosis.
He said Mages wanted to talk to them but "he only blurts out the first thing that comes into his mind, which is usually a reference to the young ladies' anatomy."
The dole mole blurts out their secret in front of shocked friends and family and Kieron vows to leave the church to be with John Paul, despite his very public outing.
Eventually Frankie can take no more of the venom and blurts out the truth about the affair.