see out(redirected from see someone to the door)
see (one) out
To escort or accompany one to an exit. Thank you for coming by for the interview. The receptionist will see you out. I'm just going to see our guests out. I'll be back shortly.
see (something) out
1. To continue working on or engaging in something until it is concluded. I'll see the project out since we've come this far already, but I won't be working with the company again after that. Even though I'm failing, I'm determined to see the class out to the end.
2. To endure, manage, or survive a certain period of time. With the drought ruining crops across the country, millions of people might not see the winter out. I know you're frustrated, but just see out the rest of the semester before you decided to drop out.
see someone out (of something)and show someone out (of something)
to accompany or escort someone out of something or some place. Please see our guest out of the factory. Please show our guest out.
1. Also, see someone out; see someone to the door. Escort someone to the door, as in The butler saw him out, or She refused to see him to the door. This usage was first recorded in Shakespeare's Coriolanus (3:3): "Come, come, let's see him out at gates." Also see see someone off.
2. Remain with an undertaking to the end; see see through, def. 2.
1. To escort some visitor to an exit: The butler saw out the visitors. Will you please see Dr. Smith out?
2. To work on some project until completion: I plan to retire as soon as I see out this project. Despite poor funding, we saw the project out.
3. To manage or survive for the duration of some period of time: The doctor doesn't think the patient will see out the week. In this economy, many companies won't see they year out.