be out of (something)(redirected from were out of)
be out of (something)
To no longer have a supply of something. Would you mind going to the store? We're out of milk. How can you be out of eggs? You're a diner that specializes in all-day breakfast!
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out of, be
Be lacking, as in We're out of sugar and coffee. Shakespeare used this idiom in Henry V (3:7): "These English are ... out of beef." [Late 1500s] Also see run out of.
See also: out
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.