- 1A tube or lip projecting from a container, through which liquid can be poured: a teapot with a chipped spoutMore example sentences
- Paper gable-top cartons are filled and sealed with advanced equipment that uses extended shelf-life technology and has the capability of applying convenient pour spouts to half-gallon cartons.
- Previously, we packaged our product in a paperboard carton that had a pour spout with a screw-on cap.
- Once the boxes are filled, a pour spout is installed on the top of the package.
- 2A stream of liquid issuing from somewhere with great force: the tall spouts of geysersMore example sentences
- After a quick ineffectual glance up at Anderson's house, she ran towards the driveway, splashing spouts of mud and rainwater up at her jeans.
- 2.1The plume of water vapour ejected from the blowhole of a whale: the spout of an occasional whaleMore example sentences
- When you're not scanning the ocean with your binoculars for a whale spout to the west, you can watch squirrels and birds scamper about to the east.
- But although the ship moves quickly, and the men are eager to find the whale making the spout, they are unable to see it again.
- It is last seen pursuing a wave that the men aboard have mistaken for a whale spout.
- 3A pipe or trough through which water may be carried away or from which it can flow out.More example sentences
- The arms of the double-row colonnade embrace a circular fountain with a brass spout cast from an old terra-cotta finial on the nearby Wrigley Building, one of Chicago's most cherished older buildings.
- Roofs are of corrugated iron drained by copper spouts and downpipes.
- Kids just love climbing along and jumping into water spouts, especially if the spouts are sometimes unpredictable.
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- 1.2(Of a whale or dolphin) eject (water vapour and air) through its blowhole.More example sentences
- The artist's contribution was another flag installation - the old South African flag and the ANC flag knotted together, placed in a fountain in the center of Paris that had dolphins and lions spouting water.
- 2Express (one’s views or ideas) in a lengthy, declamatory, and unreflecting way: he was spouting platitudes about our furry friendsMore example sentences
- When you're speaking on behalf of other people you cease to be spouting your own views.
- You are relegated to spouting opinion, and nothing more.
- How else would he have learned to spout such preposterous notions as universal love?
up the spout British • informal
- 1No longer working or likely to be useful or successful: his petrol gauge is up the spoutMore example sentences
- Now, with the roads clogged, the trains up the spout and hot desking presenting a daily strain of competing for your actual workstation, the thought of staying at home to work has never been more appealing.
- Of course, the alternative is that the authorities turn a blind eye to drug use in brothels, and then your whole criminal justice system goes up the spout.
- By the time you have eventually caught one, appointments in town have been missed and one's careful planning for the day has gone up the spout.
- 2(Of a woman) pregnant.More example sentences
- ‘I'm up the spout so you'd better hike child benefit,’ were not the words used, which is a pity as it would have livened things up a little.
- I hear Daly is now up the spout through her unholy union with Kaye.
- Turn again to this lot, and their sympathetic reaction to some self-proclaimed religious freak who has been put up the spout out of wedlock.
- 3(Of a bullet or cartridge) in the barrel of a gun and ready to be fired.More example sentences
- Fully loaded with its seven-round magazine, plus one up the spout, the P - 32 weighs a feathery 9.4 ounces, yet packs respectable firepower that can be unleashed with a pull of its DAO trigger.
- There's a full mag and empty chamber, and I recommend one up the spout until we cross the river.
- Any time an armed officer perceived sufficient danger to draw the gun, he or she would chamber a round if there wasn't one up the spout already.
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- A response one of my Zen teachers often used when confronted by an emptiness spouter was: ‘Does emptiness feel pain?’
- What really interests me about rhetoric like this is that the spouter sees homosexuality as a vice; by that he is intimating that it is a very bad thing, and the choice of the weak, but also it is enjoyable.
- If you still prefer the soil-less method, I would encourage you to invest in a spouter that has multiple layers and trays with drainage holes.
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- The use of the spoutless cup should continue for 3 weeks also.
- In a spoutless container, the blade extends from the top lip horizontally inside the container for up to two inches, then diagonally down to the inside of the container.
- What are those sets of handleless saucepans and of spoutless teapots?
Middle English (as a verb): from Middle Dutch spouten, from an imitative base shared by Old Norse spýta 'to spit'.