Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Complete; utter; absolute; thoroughgoing. Always used as a modifier before a noun. Their lead singer is an out-and-out genius when it comes to writing music! That's an out-and-out lie! I demand you take that back!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
COMMON You use out-and-out before a noun in order to emphasize that someone or something is very clearly and definitely the kind of person or thing mentioned. His investment has proved to be an out-and-out winner. This was almost certainly an out-and-out lie.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
mod. complete or total; blatant. Don’t be such an out-and-out stinker!
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.