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spit it out
Stop stalling or stammering and just say what you want or intend to say. Just spit it out already—do you want to go to the dance with me or not? I wish I didn't get such a bad stutter when I'm nervous; I'd feel more confident if I could just spit it out.
1. Literally, to forcefully expel something from one's mouth. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spit" and "out." Spit that out! Don't you know wild mushrooms can be poisonous? Our toddler keeps spitting out his vegetables.
2. To succeed in saying something, especially with difficulty. Often used in the imperative phrase "spit it out." I tried spitting an answer out, but my nervousness made me stutter too badly. Just spit it out already—do you want to go to the dance with me or not?
3. To say something in a very aggressive, forceful, or vitriolic manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spit" and "out." The group of protestors continued to spit obscenities out at us as we made our way to the car. By the end of the debate, my opponent was reduced to spitting out absurd, unprovable accusations.
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spit something out
1. Lit. to cast something from the mouth. The food was so terrible that I spit it out. I spit out the sweet potatoes.
2. Fig. to manage to say something. Come on! Say it! spit it out! spit it out! Get it said!
3. Fig. to say something scornfully. He spit out his words in utter derision. she spit out the most unpleasant string of curse words I have ever heard from anyone.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
spit it outused to urge someone to say, confess, or divulge something quickly. informal
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To expel something from the mouth; expectorate something: The teacher told the child to spit out the gum. The fish wasn't cooked enough, and I spit it out.
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.