follow out(redirected from following out)
1. To trail closely behind someone or something while exiting some place or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "follow" and "out." Make sure the cat doesn't follow you out of the house.
2. To fulfill or accomplish something; to carry something out. If you don't follow out my exact instructions, then the experiment won't work. A good soldier always follows out their commanding officer's orders without complaint or question.
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follow someone or something out
to go out right after someone or something. I followed her out and asked her if I could take her home. The dog followed Billy out and went to school with him.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Bring to a conclusion, carry out. For example, The second volume simply followed out the theories presented in the first, or He instructed them to follow out their orders to the letter. This idiom is dying out. [Mid-1700s]
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.
1. To fulfill something, especially a command or request; carry something out: The colonel expected the troops to follow out every order without question.
2. To exit a location by following someone or something: The fans followed the movie star out of the studio.
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.