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stop out 1

1British informal Stay out, especially longer or later than might be expected: it was the only evening for weeks that we stopped out
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  • She has also taken to stopping out at night with her boyfriend - a school non-attender.
  • I, for one, won't be stopping out after dark.
  • Now they are 'big boys' and can stop out late!
2North American Withdraw temporarily from higher education or employment in order to pursue another activity: community college students are more likely to stop out, or drop out entirely, when the cost of attending increases
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  • About one in every six freshmen will stop out before finishing their program.
  • These students often "stop out" when they meet financial difficulties.
  • In addition to a large number of students who will become part-time students during their time in college, there are also large numbers of UIC students who will stop out for one or more terms during their career and who will change their majors.
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There are 2 main definitions of stop out in English:

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stop-out 2 Line breaks: stop-out

noun

British informal
A person who stays out late at night: wild stop-outs who put their lenses in wine glasses wake up to find they have been swallowed you are turning me into a dirty stop-out
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  • So just now, while waiting for the dirty stop-outs, I was tidying up the kitchen so figured I'd listen to a podcast.
  • She is undoubtedly a dirty stop-out and would provide generous assistance should I chance upon a bar in serious need of propping up.

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