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1. To put on the clothing or uniform that is suitable or required for an athletic activity. Let's set up camp and then get dressed out for our hike. Even though I wasn't playing that day, the coach still made me dress out for the game.
2. To cause, compel, or instruct someone to wear certain clothes for a particular purpose, situation, or activity. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "dress" and "out." The guards dressed me out in prison clothes and sent me off to my cell. She made sure to dress the children out in their best clothes for church.
3. To butcher or partially butcher the carcass of a fish, fowl, or other animal in order to preserve the meat for sale or consumption. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dress" and "out." I know it's unpleasant work, but if you don't dress it out as soon as it's been killed, the animal's meat will start to spoil very quickly. We sat on the shore dressing out the fish we'd caught that morning.
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