Definition of out in English:
- Then at midnight people just appeared out on the street with bubbly, singing Auld Lang Syne.
- Fortunately I was able to move the car out, enabling me to get mother and her wheelchair into the car.
- I stand up, a little bit more carefully than usual, and walk extra-steadily out to the car.
- I can tell when people are smoking nearby and I'm out in the open air and it just puts my back up.
- Despite her exhaustion, she quickened her pace, eager to be out in the open air.
- In a canoe and out in the open air there is plenty of fun to be had shooting the weirs and riding the waves.
- The judge imposed 12-month sentences for each of the three offences, to run concurrently, and said Hunter could be out in six months.
- The 24 year-old is out on bail pending a court appearance on Monday.
- By the time he gets out in eight years, he'll be what? Thirty-three?
- About two miles out from the pub, I developed another slow puncture in my rear tyre.
- Half a mile out from the bay we cut the engine and raised the two sails.
- Thirty yards out from the town goal on the grass embankment was where our group could be found.
- Still, better to be safe and on dry land than to be out at sea in the middle of all that chaos.
- To obtain a complete overview of the ship, we swim along the main mast out to the open water.
- A pair of longtail water taxis ferry divers, kit and the last of the supplies out to the mooring.
- He and his son had plunged from the bridge when the tide was out and fallen on to mud.
- We often think of tides flowing in and out, but this is the effect of the water levels changing.
- If the tide is out, there are usually half a dozen seals sleeping on the rocks, and we just sit there and watch.
- Young Continentals see drinking as an accessory to an evening out, not its main purpose.
- The youth had been out for the evening with friends and had taken the N285 night bus home.
- Mr Doyle went home, but his wife had gone out for the evening, so he went to a telephone box and called an ambulance.
- They were awarded a penalty for offside 10 yards out and Horne scored his fourth try.
- Van Straaten converted again but then added a phenomenal penalty from 60 metres out.
- Five minutes later, York were awarded a penalty 25 metres out in front of the posts.
- He only found out about the romance a few days before the alleged murder on July 24 this year.
- Upon returning home I found out that snowball fights can be pretty tiring.
- He has played a key role in growing the business by looking out for opportunities.
- She told how she heard her daughter cry out as she was attacked and robbed of her mobile phone.
- He later told his older sister that he heard his friend cry out after the explosion.
- Nobody in the group heard her cry out and they were not aware she had fallen until they reached a gate and looked back.
- They had a brief romance, which fizzled out when he joined the Royal Navy.
- Negotiations between them fizzled out when the boxers failed to agree on a suitable weight.
- Our direct interest in proceedings had fizzled out the day before, of course.
- The horse dropped back after the second last, leaving the other two to fight out a memorable finish.
- In turn, the bigger clubs will fight it out for places in the premium-level Champions league.
- Today, the winners of the different categories will also fight it out for the honour of being Best in Show.
- The weather is still glorious, the crowds have thinned out and prices have tumbled.
- Some of the time the crowd drown him out completely, and he stalks the stage revelling in the adulation.
- The last words were crossed out and new wording was substituted in manuscript.
- One of the bartenders grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out and the fire alarm just went crazy.
- The gas supply was turned off while they traced the leak to a pilot light that had gone out on a heater in one of the classrooms.
- We found rare hours of quiet in the woods or at night after the bars and discos had closed and most of the lights had gone out.
- He must stay in office until his party throws him out or the electorate throws out his party.
- I sincerely hope that at the next election you and your party will be out, and all the place seekers with you.
- It is time that these politicians were voted out and replaced by those accountable to the people.
- The trial took seven working days and the jury were out for approximately seven hours before they convicted on Count 1 and went on to consider Counts 2 and 3.
- The jury were out the whole of the first day and sent a message that they could not reach a unanimous verdict.
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- June, when the poppies are out, is one of the best times to visit Umbria.
- The roses are out in our walled garden, and the sweet peas, and the apricot trees have finally got some very nice-looking fruit on them.
- My new book is out in eight weeks.
- According to the band, they are going to New York to record and the album should be out before the end of the year.
- The new album is out next month and marks a return to U2's rock and roll roots.
- As soon as school was out, the boys and I took off.
- The temperature's going to drop another ten degrees before the week's out.
- He lists his achievements with the self-assurance of a man who will probably be a millionaire before the year's out.
- Personally, I'm glad cowboy boots are out.
- Celebrity stylist Luke O'Connor proclaimed ‘big hair and extensions are out’.
- Yes it's true, straight hair is out and curls are in.
- Maureen could be relied on to get the scores totted up in double quick time and was never out in her calculations.
- How could an organisation with a previously excellent record of financial management be shown to be so far out in its calculations?
- The NRA's preliminary cost for the project was out by 46 percent.
- Chris Taylor was out for a duck in the second over.
- Gloucestershire were all out for 347 in their first innings.
- Leiter was out at first, but Ordonez advanced to second while Jay Payton scored.
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- These factors would give him many outs for not building a missile defense system.
- He was becoming sloppy and careless - I think he was looking for an out.
- Evans is reportedly looking for an out after spending £8m on the team.
- The biggest difference between them is in the number of outs that these two players have generated over the course of their careers.
- Well, if you strike out a bunch of guys and get the vast majority of the remaining outs via groundballs, you're not likely to allow too many home runs.
- Simply put, the pitcher who can give up the least percentage of flyball outs is best on track for good overall numbers.
- The early Australian Labor Party, highly critical of the game of ins and outs in colonial politics, wanted the people to rule more directly.
- Convinced that nothing would come of the political game of ins and outs, he turned away from parliament and the political parties in his search for sources of renewal.
- This division between ins and outs had prompted a painful argument over the need to establish a forum for ministers from the ins, without causing a dangerous rupture from the outs.
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- I don't think there is any good argument for outing a closeted politician who supports gay rights.
- As we eventually learn, Marty could have been a contender too were it not for the fact that he was outed as gay in his youth, sending him scurrying into the closet.
- The participant was a lesbian stepmom who said, ‘My son outed me to his preschool.’
closet from (Late Middle English):
Although closet is now the usual word in American English for a cupboard or wardrobe, it originally referred to a small private room, such as one for study or prayer. This idea of privacy led to the sense of hiding a fact or keeping something secret, which goes right back to the beginning of the 17th century. A person who is hiding the fact that they are gay has been described as in the closet, or as a closet homosexual, since the late 1960s. To out someone, meaning to reveal that they are gay, is a shortened way of saying ‘to force them out of the closet’. Closet comes from close (Middle English), which both in the sense ‘near’ and ‘shut’ go back to Latin claudere ‘to shut’, also the source of recluse (Middle English), someone who shuts themselves away.
The use of out as a preposition (rather than the standard prepositional phrase out of), as in he threw it out the window, is common in informal contexts, and is standard in American, Australian, and New Zealand English. Traditionalists do not accept it as part of standard British English, however.
on the outs
- In disagreement or dispute: on the outs with established political trendsMore example sentences
- Your two best friends Amanda and Ashley are on the outs because Amanda has been spilling Ashley's secrets.
- This doesn't mean the two are on the outs, however; close friends say he's never invited girls over to meet the family on the traditional holiday.
- We're kind of on the outs right now.
out and about
- (Of a person, especially after inactivity) engaging in normal activity.Example sentences
- Again, this was all due to my illness and generally not getting out and about.
- Many of the activities for the next seven days focus on getting out and about in the Ilkley area.
- Maria is currently a bit under the weather and all her friends and family hope to see her out and about again real soon.
- Fashioned out of rich black walnut, the chair is as much art as it is furniture.
- Attempts were made to set fire to another bench created out of recycled plastic and part of this has melted.
- It's just a way of making lots and lots of money out of the tax payer.
- Does it mean acting out of fear and resentment rather than intelligence and restraint?
- Acting out of an exaggerated concern for risk tends to create real problems for society.
- If you have skimmed milk they'll push the bottle over just out of spite.
- Red Rum was out of a lunatic mare, and trained from the back of a car showroom in Southport.
- He's out of a Hanoverian mare from California named Over Ice. I
- The Kentucky-bred filly is out of the Green Dancer mare Whisper Who Dares.
- If the culprit is depleted uranium they are probably out of luck because any clean up would take a very long time and cost a lot of money.
- Lee needed some cash so he walked to the bank machine and it was out of cash.
- My guess is that it was never released over here, so I may be out of luck.
out of it informal
- She would be awake, yet confused and out of it, not completely there.
- And he looked rather distraught, somewhat out of it, and not at his best for sure.
- I was too out of it to sit up or hold the baby, so the nurse brought her over to me before they took us to our room and I kissed her goodnight.
- Keenly striving to: they were out to impressMore example sentences
- We need people who are fair and not just out to look after their personal interests.
- Six months ago I would have thought that cute little thing was a killer and out to get me.
- So, do you ever have days when you find the inanimate objects in your house are out to get you?
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