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pan out

1. To conclude in a successful or pleasing manner; to work out. I'm delighted with how that all panned out! I hope this decision pans out for him.
2. To rest or fall asleep, especially in a sprawling or prostrate position. Tom is panned out on the sofa, if you're looking for him. Would you mind fixing dinner tonight? I need to go pan out for a little while.
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pan out

 
1. and zoom out to move back to a wider angle picture using a zoom lens. The camera zoomed out. Pan out at this point in the script and give a wider view of the scene.
2. Go to turn out (all right).
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pan out

Turn out well, succeed, as in If I don't pan out as a musician, I can always go back to school. This expression alludes to washing gold from gravel in a pan. [Mid-1800s]
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pan out

v.
1. To prove successful, effective, or satisfactory; turn out well: I'm glad to see that your business plan has panned out.
2. To have some specified result: My plans panned out poorly.
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pan out

in. [for something] to work out or turn out all right. Don’t worry. Everything will pan out okay.
See also: out, pan