Definition of shell something out in English:

shell something out

(also shell out)
  • informal Pay (a specified amount of money, especially one regarded as excessive): he has had to shell out £500 a week hiring a bodyguard she ended up shelling out for two rooms
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    • At the top level, thousands of pounds are shelled out by ambitious team owners to ensure the right outcome of a match.
    • Reading only the advertisements, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a magazine aimed at home buyers - about 80% of the advertising revenue has been shelled out by builders.
    • The government claims it paid more than $200 million for this project five years ago, but a recent government audit shows tax dollars were shelled out for work that was never done.
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