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1. To wish to exit or leave (some place). Sorry, this steam room is too hot for me, I want out! A: "Why is the dog scratching on the door like that?" B: "Oh, he just wants out."
2. To desire to depart or be excluded from something, such as a project, plan, undertaking, etc. This heist is going to be way too dangerous—I want out. More and more investors have been wanting out as the company's latest product fails to gain any traction in the market.
3. To wish to no longer be in a relationship. I just hate being constrained by a boyfriend's expectations and demands, and I invariably want out of the relationship after the first year or so.
4. To desire or require that someone or something leave some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "want" and "in." Your friends have been nothing but trouble since they arrived—I want them out of the house, now! The boss said he wants any personal equipment out of the office by Friday.
5. To desire that someone else be excluded or removed from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "want" and "in." Often followed by "on (something)." The board of directors made it clear that they want the acting CEO out as soon as possible. If they want me out, they're going to have to fire me.
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want out(of something)
1. to desire to get out of something or some place. I want out of this stuffy room. Where's the door? I want out.
2. Fig. to desire to be relieved of a responsibility. I want out of this responsibility. I don't have the time to do it right. This job is no good for me. I want out.
3. Fig. to want to remove oneself from some association or relationship. I want out. This relationship is stifling me.
1. To desire to leave: The cat wants out. I want out of this city.
2. To desire to leave a project, business, or other undertaking: The recruit wanted out after realizing how risky the venture was. I want out of this program.
3. To desire that someone or something leave a project, business, or other undertaking: The boss wanted those employees out after they messed up the project.
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.
in. to want to remove oneself from some association or relationship. Ted had had as much as he could stand, and he wanted out.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.