give (someone) an out(redirected from gave them an out)
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give (someone) an out
To provide someone with an excuse or a means of escaping (from something). I know John is dreading going to his high school reunion, so I'm looking for a way to give him an out by the time it rolls around. They left a clause in the contract that would give them an out in case the deal went sour.
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