reel out

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reel out

1. To unwind or uncoil from, or as if from, a reel. The metal cable made a horrible whining noise as it reeled out down the mineshaft.
2. To unwind or cause something to unwind from, or as if from, a reel. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "reel" and "out." Firefighters began reeling their hoses out from the fire truck. If you reeled out a billion dollars' worth of one-dollar bills strung together end to end, it would wrap around the earth nearly four times.
3. To recite something from memory, especially very quickly or effortlessly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "reel" and "out." He can reel out the names of every US state and its capital in less than a minute.
See also: out, reel
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