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check out

1. verb To confirm that one has vacated one's hotel room (and pay the bill). We have to check out in an hour, so you guys seriously need to start packing!
2. verb To investigate, inspect, or look at something of interest. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is commonly used between "check" and "out." We checked out that house on the corner, but the price was too high considering all the work it needs. Wow, check this out—someone in the next town over won the lottery last week! Check out George over there. That dude knows how to dress!
3. verb To be verified as true, accurate, or meeting a certain standard. Surprisingly, her story checks out—she really was at the library until midnight last night.
4. verb To become unfocused or distracted; to cease participating in a meaningful way. Well, he's still blabbing away, but I couldn't tell you what he's talking about now—I checked out a while ago. I know Jim is retiring at the end of June, but he's already checked out if you ask me.
5. verb To complete a purchase by providing payment at the final point of sale, as in a retail store. I'm checking out right now, so I'll be out to the car in a minute. I'm about to check out—is there anything else you needed from the store?
6. verb To tally one's purchases and take payment for them. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is commonly used between "check" and "out." The cashier is checking me out right now, so I'll be out to the car in a minute. Please check out these customers while I see if we have any more of those items in the back.
7. verb To complete the necessary steps so that one can borrow something from a system, such as a library. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is commonly used between "check" and "out." What books did you check out from the library this week? Can I check these books out, or are they reference only?
8. verb, slang To look with interest at someone who one finds attractive. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is commonly used between "check" and "out." That cute guy over there is totally checking you out!
9. verb, slang To die. Doctor, I'm not ready to check out yet, so I'm willing to try your most aggressive approach.
10. noun The time at which one must vacate one's hotel room. When used as a noun, the phrase is often written as one word. Checkout is at 11 AM, so you guys need to start packing now!
11. noun The area of a store at which purchases are made. When used as a noun, the phrase is often written as one word. I'm at the checkout right now, so I hope there isn't anything else you need from the store.
See also: check, out

the eternal checkout

euphemism Death or the afterlife. Don't worry, boss. We'll send that no-good snitch to the eternal checkout. I thought we were heading for the eternal checkout when the brakes failed on our bus.
See also: checkout, eternal
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

check out

[for someone or something] to prove to be correctly represented. Everything you told me checks out with what other witnesses said.
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check out (of something)

 and check out (from something)
to do whatever is necessary to leave a place and then depart, (check out (of something) is more frequent.) I will check out of the hotel at about noon. I will check out from the office and come right to where you are.
See also: check, out

check someone or something out

to evaluate someone or something. That stock sounds good. I'll check it out. I'll check out the competition.
See also: check, out

check someone or something out (of something)

to do the paperwork necessary to remove someone or something from something or some place. I will have the manager check you out of the hotel and send you the bill. The librarian checked out the computer to me.
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check something out

to examine or try something; to think about something. It's something we all have to be concerned with. Check it out. Check out the new comedy show on tonight.
See also: check, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

check out

1. Record one's departure from a hotel by paying the bill, or from a conference or other function, as in As soon as my bags are packed I'll check out of the motel. [Early 1900s]
2. Leave hurriedly, make a quick exit, as in The minute I get paid I'm checking out. [Slang; 1920s]
3. Die, as in When he got cholera, he was sure he'd check out. [Slang; 1920s]
4. Withdraw an item after recording the withdrawal, as in I'll check out the tapes on your library card. [1930s]
5. Record, total the prices, and receive payment for a purchase, as in The cashier checked out and bagged my groceries in record time.
6. check something or someone out . Investigate or evaluate something or someone; observe carefully. For example, I don't know if you'll like the film; check it out yourself, or That man who's staring is probably just checking us out. [Slang; mid-1900s]
7. Pass close inspection, as in That rattle made me suspicious, but the repairman said the machine checked out completely.
See also: check, out
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

check out

1. To inspect something so as to determine accuracy, quality, or other condition; test something: The technician checked out the computer system to make sure there were no errors in the software. I heard a strange noise, so I went downstairs to check it out.
2. To be verified or confirmed; pass inspection: Although we doubted it at first, the suspect's story checked out.
3. To look at someone or something that is surprising, interesting, or attractive: If you liked that movie, you should check out the director's other films. Check out the size of that diamond! I became jealous when I saw my spouse checking the lifeguard out.
4. To settle one's bill and leave a hotel or other place of lodging: The hotel requires that guests check out by noon so that the rooms can be cleaned before the next guests arrive.
5. To record and sum the prices of and receive payment for something being purchased or the items someone is purchasing at a retail store: The cashier checked out and bagged my order. We brought our items to the counter, and the sales clerk checked us out.
6. To undergo the process of purchasing some selected item or items from a retailer: It took us an hour to check out because there was only one register.
7. To borrow some item, as from a library, with the lender registering or keeping track of the borrowing: I checked out all four volumes, but could only read the first before they were due. If you don't finish that book before the library closes, you will have to check it out. I went to the video store and checked out two movies.
8. To lose awareness of one's surroundings; become inattentive: I got bored at the meeting and checked out until someone punched me on the arm.
9. Slang To die: When I check out, I want to be buried in a fancy coffin.
See also: check, out
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the eternal checkout

n. death. Hank knew the eternal checkout was just around the corner, and he suddenly got religion.
See also: checkout, eternal
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The cooperation with NCR follows Bitan Wines' strategic decision to offer its customers the option to checkout themselves with the help of advanced self-service technology, a trend that retailers worldwide have adopted in the past years as a first step in their store transformation journey.
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"Front checkout is definitely an untapped opportunity," says Chris Russell, group director, shopper insights, for Coca-Cola Knowledge & Insights Team, at The Coca-Cola Co., based in Atlanta.
A spokesman said confectionery would also be removed from areas next to the tills - for example racks of sweets at children's eye level next to checkout queues.
Some customers said self-scanner checkouts are sometimes a hassle, instead of the time-saving convenience they were designed to be.
A recent survey found that 7 in 10 Birmingham shoppers were unhappy with the sale of sugary or high calorie food and drink items at checkouts - with 75 per cent of people having been pestered by their children to buy junk food at the checkouts and 60 per cent of people giving into their children and purchasing something due to being pestered.
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And experts said the displays alongside checkouts made it difficult for parents to say no to pester power as they were hemmed in while queuing to pay for their groceries.
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