shell out

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shell out

To pay a sum of money, especially one that seems exorbitant or unfair. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shell" and "out" to specify the amount being paid. They said I had to shell out $200 to cancel my contract early! I know it's a lot of money, but you'll have to shell out if you want to join in. I'm going to have to shell nearly $3,000 out for a new water heater!
See also: out, shell

shell out (an amount of money)

to spend a certain amount of money. I'm not going to shell out $400 for that! Come on. You owe me. Shell out!
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shell out

Pay, hand over, as in We had to shell out $1,000 for auto repairs. This expression transfers taking a seed such as a pea or nut out of its pod or shell to taking money out of one's pocket. [Colloquial; c. 1800]
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shell out

v.
To pay some amount of money, often reluctantly: I had to shell out $500 on car repairs. We had to shell the full amount of tuition out even though many of the classes had been canceled.
See also: out, shell

shell an amount of money out

verb
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shell out

verb
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shell out (an amount of money)

and shell (an amount of money) out
tv. & in. to spend a certain amount of money. I’m not going to shell $400 out for that!
See also: amount, money, of, out, shell