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contract out

To give a job or assignment to an outside entity (so as to avoid doing the job oneself). A noun or pronoun can be used between "contract" and "out" or after "out." We contracted the project out because no one on our staff has the time to scan all of those documents.
See also: contract, out

contract with (someone or something)

To agree with someone or a group to do something. No one on our staff has the time to scan all of those documents, so we'll contract with a company that can do it for us.
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contract something out

to make an agreement with someone to do a specific amount of work. (Rather than doing it oneself or in one's own place of business.) I will contract this out and have it done by consultants. I contracted out this kind of job the last time.
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contract with someone (for something)

 and contract (with someone) for something
to make an agreement with someone to produce or supply something, or to do something. I will have to contract with an expert for that part of the project. We contracted with a local builder for a new kitchen. Did you contract for plumbing work with Eric?
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put a contract out on someone

[for an underworld character] to order someone to kill someone else. The mob put out a contract on some crook from Detroit.
See also: contract, on, out, put

contract out

To engage another person or company by contract to undertake some job that is typically considered part of one's business: Many companies contract out administrative tasks in order to concentrate on sales and marketing.
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Maintain the BBA requirement that the contract a beneficiary signs clearly indicates that: claims will not be submitted to Medicare by either the physician or the beneficiary; the beneficiary is responsible for the full cost of the privately contracted services; balance billing limits do not apply to contracted services: Medigap coverage will not be available for contracted services; and the services to be performed could be paid for by Medicare if provided by another physician.
Then were they as firmly contracted as the priest could make them, and two or three witnesses to avow it.
Many contracted personal property tax audits are now financed by contingent fees; the contract auditor is paid a specified percentage of any additional taxes assessed.
School district B, needing more classrooms, could buy them through a cooperative purchasing agreement with school district A--which had already contracted with a modular provider; i.
As the ESPC program has grown, KAFB has contracted out its civil engineering functions to a civil engineering services contractor (CESCO).
Under the proposed regulations, completion of a long-term contract would have to be determined without regard to whether a dispute exists at the time the taxpayer tenders the subject matter of the contract to the party with whom the taxpayer has contracted.