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1. To leave or depart to some distant location, especially by air or sea. We're shipping out in the morning for a two-year tour of Afghanistan. The package shipped out on an express carrier last week, so it should have reached you by now. I'm getting pretty sick of your crummy attitude, mister! If you want to stay under this roof, you need to shape up or ship out!
2. To send, export, or expel someone or something to some distant location, especially by air or sea. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ship" and "out." We've shipped out nearly 3 million units in the first month alone, so I think it's safe to say that the product has been a phenomenal success so far. Our parents used to ship us out to our Aunt Lilly's house in Florida for a month each summer. Many fear the new law will encourage employers to ship jobs out to cheaper foreign factories.
1. Leave, especially for a distant place, as in The transport planes carried troops shipping out to the Mediterranean. Although this usage originally meant "depart by ship," the expression is no longer limited to that mode of travel. [c. 1900]
2. Send, export, especially to a distant place, as in The factory shipped out many more orders last month. [Mid-1600s]
3. Quit a job or be fired; see shape up, def. 3.
1. To accept a position on board a ship and serve as a crew member: The sailor shipped out on a tanker.
2. To leave, as for a distant place: The troops shipped out for the war zone.
3. To send something or someone, as to a distant place: The army shipped out more troops to the war zone. The factory shipped the part out to the dealership.