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1. To flow or stream outward (from some place or thing). The bullet pierced the large tank, and oil began pouring out.
2. To cause a liquid or loose substance to flow or stream outward (from some place or thing). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pour" and "out." I poured out his drink before I realized that he wasn't finished with it. Please go pour the ashes out of this bucket and into the dumpster.
3. To transfer a beverage into a cup, glass, mug, etc., in order to serve it to someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pour" and "out." I poured out a few cups of coffee for everyone at the meeting. Let me finishing pouring the champagne out before we make our toast!
4. To express, demonstrate, or release a great amount of some emotion, especially a negative one. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pour" and "out." I knew there was nothing the courts would do, so I began pouring my anger out into a book that I hoped would help expose the truth. He poured out all his frustrations and disappointments on his family.
5. Of people, animals, or vehicles, to throng together and exit (from some place or thing) in great numbers and all at once. Cars will be pouring out of the stadium after the football game, so I would avoid that part of town if you don't want to get stuck in traffic. Students poured out of the school the moment the final bell sounded before summer vacation. I was horrified as dozens of rats came pouring out of the rotten wall.
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pour out(of something)
1. Lit. [for something] to stream, fall, or gush out of something or some place. The water poured out of the broken pipe and flooded the basement. The pipe split and the water just poured out.
2. Fig. [for people] to come out of a place in great numbers. At the end of the game, people poured out of the stadium for an hour.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.