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be up the spout
slang To be pregnant. You two have only been married for a couple of months, I can't believe you're up the spout already!
up the spout
slang Pregnant. You two have only been married for a couple of months, I can't believe you're up the spout already! I was pretty wild during my university years, which is how I found myself up the spout at 22.
1. To speak (about someone or something) in a particularly boastful or arrogant manner. My date kept spouting off about how important she is in her job and how much money she makes, never even asking what I do for a living.
2. To speak for a tedious or exasperating length of time. My father in law never fails to spout off about his various journeys around the world whenever we see him. I always let my mind wander whenever Dan starts spouting off about politics like that.
3. To utter something in a brash, unwelcome, or unpleasant manner. Dan, please stop spouting off intimate details about our private life like that—we're in a public restaurant! He spouted off some very technical, longwinded answer that made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
spout from (something)
1. Of a liquid or gas, to pour or gush out from something. Heavy rains overloaded the local sewer lines, causing sewage to spout from the building's toilets. Boiling-hot steam spouted from the fissure in the ground.
2. To expel or eject some liquid or gas from something in a stream or gush. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spout" and "from." The pot started spouting steam from a hole in its lid as the contents inside began to boil. As the pressure increased, the dam began spouting water from a crack that appeared near the center.
3. Of words or thoughts, to issue forth from some source very quickly or voluminously. Words were spouting from his lips faster than I could even comprehend them. I usually have to sit at my desk and let my mind wander for a bit before good ideas start spouting from it.
4. To recite words or thoughts taken from some source, especially in a disingenuous, pretentious, or naïve manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spout" and "from." That's the last time I date a philosophy major. She just spent every evening together spouting rubbish from whatever book she happened to be reading that day. Stop spouting the rules and regulations from the employee handbook at me, Tom. You're not my boss!
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1. Of a liquid or gas, to pour or gush out (from something). Heavy rains overloaded the local sewer lines, causing sewage to spout out of all the toilets in the building. Eventually the pressure was so great that a crack appeared in the container and steam began spouting out.
2. To expel or eject some liquid or gas from something in a stream or gush. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spout" and "out." The pot started spouting out steam as the contents inside began to boil. Boiling-hot steam spouted from the fissure in the ground.
3. To utter something very quickly or abruptly, especially something that is unsolicited, inappropriate, or not meant to be shared. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spout" and "out." My uncle when off on a tirade, spouting out the most awful invectives imaginable. Suddenly, apropos of nothing, she spouted a wedding proposal out, which took me completely by surprise. Once he gets going, Stephen will start spouting facts and figures out so fast that it will make your head spin.
gush (forth) (from someone or something)and gush (forth) (out of someone or something); gush (out) (from someone or something) to spout out of someone or something.
(Can be words, water, blood, vomit, etc. The optional elements cannot be transposed.) The blood gushed forth from his wound. Curses gushed forth from Sharon. Water gushed forth out of the broken pipe. The words gushed out from her mouth. The curses gushed from her mouth in torrents.
spout from something
[for a liquid] to gush from something. A plume of water vapor spouted from the blowhole of the whale. Water spouted from the top of the fountain and flowed down the sides.
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spout off(about someone or something)
1. to brag or boast about someone or something. Stop spouting off about Tom. Nobody could be that good! Alice is spouting off about her new car.
2. to speak out publicly about someone or something; to reveal information publicly about someone or something. I wish you wouldn't spout off about my family affairs in public. There is no point in spouting off about this problem.
spout something out
1. Lit. to exude a liquid. The hose spouted the cooling water out all over the children. It spouted out cooling water.
2. Fig. to blurt something out; to speak out suddenly, revealing some important piece of information. She spouted the name of the secret agent out under the effects of the drug. She spouted out everything we wanted to know.
up the spoutBRITISH, INFORMAL
1. If something is up the spout, it is completely ruined. The money's disappeared, so has he, and the whole scheme's up the spout. The economy's up the spout.
2. If a woman is up the spout, she is pregnant. Her daughter is up the spout again. Note: This is usually used when the pregnancy is a problem rather than a good thing. Note: Originally, this expression was used to refer to items which had been pawned (= given to someone in return for a loan of money). The `spout' was the lift in which an item was taken from the pawnbroker's shop to the storeroom above.
up the spout1 no longer working or likely to be useful or successful. 2 (of a woman) pregnant. British informal
be/go up the ˈspout(British English, slang) be/go wrong; be spoilt or not working: It looks like our holiday plans are up the spout. ♢ This information the bank sent me is totally up the spout. Spout was the name given to a lift in a pawnbroker’s shop which took goods up to an area where they were stored. If somebody had items up the spout, they were in financial trouble. The expression gradually came to mean difficulties in general.
1. To speak continuously and tediously: I dread spending an evening with my cousins and listening to them spout off about their last vacation.
2. To utter something that is long-winded and tedious: I'd hoped for a simple answer, but the mechanic spouted off a technical explanation that confused me even more. The tour guides have to memorize the speech until they can spout it off without effort.
up the spoutChiefly British Slang
2. In difficulty.