out-and-out


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out-and-out

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!

out-and-out

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.

out-and-out

mod. complete or total; blatant. Don’t be such an out-and-out stinker!