out of court


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out of court

Before trial or without litigation. The phrase is used to describe decisions, especially settlements, that are resolved before a case goes to trial. I have no desire to draw this out in a long trial, so let's offer to settle out of court.
See also: court, of, out
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The 137 firms questioned said they spent pounds 1.8 million defending cases last year and paid out pounds 700,000 in out of court settlements.