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1. Of an investor, to sell a stock automatically once it reaches some lower price threshold. Used especially in passive constructions. I forgot that I had ordered a stop-loss at $98 per share, so I ended up being stopped out when the market went through a sudden downturn, even though I knew it would recover in a matter of days.
2. To cease functioning, operating, or progressing. The car stopped out an hour away from our destination. Heavy rain has plagued players throughout the tournament, with several courts having stopped out for most of the day.
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1. To come to a stop on a racetrack, typically due to a mechanical malfunction. Used of a racecar or racecar driver: The car stopped out on the track. I was leading the race until I suddenly stopped out halfway through the second lap.
2. To sell a stock automatically when it reaches a specified price; execute someone's stop order. Used chiefly in the passive: We were stopped out of the stock at $92.06 for a considerable gain.
3. stop out of To withdraw temporarily from some institution of learning: My adviser recommended that I stop out of college for a semester to travel a bit.
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