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To bring someone or something out for other people to inspect, admire, or contemplate. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trot" and "out." Our parents trotted us out in our matching sweaters so all the relatives could have a good look. They've been trotting out the same line about consumer choices for years now, refusing to acknowledge the harmful effects their product has on people's health. My grandfather always trots his photo album out whenever we visit.
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trot someone or something out
to bring out and display someone or something. The boss trotted the new vice president out for us to meet. The boss trotted out his daughter and introduced her as a new vice president. Fred trotted out his favorite project for everyone to see.
trot something out
Fig. to mention something regularly or habitually, without giving it much thought. (Fig. on the image of trotting out a pony for display.) When James disagreed with Mary, she simply trotted her same old political arguments out. Bob always trots out the same excuses for being late.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Bring out and show for inspection and admiration, as in He trotted out all his old war medals. This expression alludes to leading out a horse to show off its various paces, including the trot. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To bring out and show something or someone for inspection or admiration: The company trotted out a celebrity to endorse their product. Once politicians discover a topic the public responds to, they trot it out every election year.
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.