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send (one) out
To instruct or direct one to leave some place. The boss sent me out with a stern warning not to be late again. We sent the kids out to play in the sunshine for a while.
1. verb To distribute or dispatch something to numerous people or places. A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "out." We sent the invitations out last week, but no one has replied yet. We'll be sending out review copies of the game to various people in the media next week.
2. verb To dismiss someone (from some place). A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "out." The principal sent the student out so she could speak to his parents in private. The boss sent me out of his office with a stern warning not to be late again.
3. verb To request or order that someone go (some place) and bring someone or something back. Usually followed by "for." A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "out." I've sent your father out for a doctor. Hopefully, they'll be back soon. I didn't feel like cooking that night, so I decided to send the kids out to get a pizza instead.
4. noun In medical science, a test performed by an outside laboratory. Often spelled with a hyphen. We're trying to curb the cost of running such basic tests in-house so we can reduce the number of send-outs performed each year.
5. noun An automated message sent over digital communication networks, especially email. Often spelled with a hyphen. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list so you can receive our weekly send-out with all our best deals and offers.
6. noun An organized demonstration of good wishes for someone who is departing. Often spelled with a hyphen. (A less common variant of "send-off.") I got really emotional when all my friends arrived to give me a send out before I moved away to Maine. We're going to Grogan's Pub for a send-out for Samantha. She's leaving the company next week.
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send someone out (for someone or something)
to send someone out to search for someone or something. We sent Gerald out for Walter, who was supposed to have been here already. Karen sent out Liz for some medicine.
send out (for someone or something)
to send an order by messenger, telephone, cable, or fax that someone or something is to come or be delivered. We sent out for a public stenographer to record the will as Uncle Herman dictated it. There was no food in the refrigerator, so we decided to send out.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Issue or dispatch, as in We sent out the wedding invitations last month, or When did you send out that message? [c. 1400]
2. send out for. Order a delivery of something, as in Every Wednesday we send out for Chinese food.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To distribute something widely, especially by mail: We send out birthday cards to all our customers. I taped up the boxes and sent them out.
2. To emit or broadcast something: Such an offensive advertisement will send out the wrong message. We convert the sound into an electronic signal, and that radio tower sends it out.
3. To dispatch someone to do an errand or convey a message: The company sent out sales representatives to promote the new product. I sent the bellhop out for some cigarettes.
4. send out for To send or phone in an order for something to a nearby place, such as a restaurant, and request that it be delivered to one's location: Let's send out for pizza.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.