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Topic: CLOTHES AND FASHION

Language: Old English
Origin: ut

out

1 adverb
     
out1 S1 W1
1

from inside

from inside an object, container, building, or place [≠ in]:
She opened her suitcase and took out a pair of shoes.
Lock the door on your way out.
Charlotte went to the window and looked out.
Out you go! (=used to order someone to leave a room)
out of
The keys must have fallen out of my pocket.
Get out of here!
Someone had torn several pages out of her diary.
I don't think I'd have the courage to jump out of a plane.
All the roads out of the city were snowbound.
out came/jumped etc
The egg cracked open and out came a baby chick.
2

outside

not inside a building [= outside]:
Many of the homeless have been sleeping out for years.
Children were out playing in the snow.
Brrr, it's cold out there.
3

not at home

a) away from your home, office etc, especially for a short time [≠ in]:
Did anyone call while I was out?
My parents are both out at the moment.
He went out at 11 o'clock.
b) to or in a place that is not your home, in order to enjoy yourself:
You should get out and meet people.
Let's eat out tonight (=eat in a restaurant).
At first he was too shy to ask her out.
be/get out and about (=go to places where you can meet people)
Most teenagers would rather be out and about with their friends.
4

distant place

a) in or to a place that is far away or difficult to get to:
He went out to New Zealand.
They've rented a farmhouse right out in the country.
b) used to say how far away something is:
The Astra Satellite is travelling some 23,000 miles out in space.
out of
a little village about five miles out of Birmingham
5XX

given to many people

used to say that something is given to many people:
The examination will start when all the question papers have been handed out.
Have you sent out the invitations yet?
6

get rid of something

used to say that someone gets rid of something or makes it disappear:
Have you thrown out yesterday's paper?
Mother used washing soda to get the stains out.
7

not burning/shining

a fire or light that is out is no longer burning or shining:
Turn the lights out when you go to bed.
The firefighters arrived, and within minutes the fire was out.
8

sun/moon etc

if the sun, moon, or stars are out, they have appeared in the sky:
When the sun came out, a rainbow formed in the sky.
9

flowers

if the flowers on a plant are out, they have opened:
It's still February and already the primroses are out.
10

completely/carefully

used to say that something is done carefully or completely:
I spent all morning cleaning out the kitchen cupboards.
In the summer months the soil dries out quickly.
11

not included

not included in a team, group, competition etc:
The Welsh team was surprisingly knocked out in the semi finals.
out of
Daniels will be out of the team until he recovers from his injury.
12

come from something

used to say where something comes from or is taken from
out of
A lot of good music came out of the hippy culture in the 1960s.
The money is automatically taken out of your bank account every month.
13

away from the edge of something

away from the main part or edge of something:
I swam out into the middle of the lake.
A long peninsula juts out into the sea.
out of
She stuck her head out of the window to see what was happening.
14

not working

especially American English if a machine, piece of equipment etc is out, it is not working:
I don't believe it - the elevator's out again!

➔ be out of order

at order1 (8)
15

product

BBT used to say that a product is available to be bought:
Is the new Harry Potter book out yet?
Sony have brought out a new portable music system.
16XX

not in a situation

no longer in a particular state or situation
out of
She's not completely cured, but at least she's out of danger.
This whole situation is getting out of control.
How long have you been out of work now?
Karen waved until the car was out of sight (=too far away to be seen).
17

having left an institution

a) having left the institution where you were
out of
a kid just out of college
His wife isn't out of hospital yet.
b) no longer in prison:
Once he was out, he returned to a life of crime.
18

not fashionable

DC no longer fashionable [≠ in]:
You can't wear that - maxi skirts have been out for years.
19

not secret

no longer a secret:
Her secret was out.
The word's out that Mel Gibson is in town.
Eventually the truth came out.
20

read/shout etc something out (loud)

to say something in a voice that is loud enough for others to hear:
Someone called out my name.
We all listened as he read the statement out loud.
21

unconscious

not conscious:
She fainted - she was out for about ten minutes.
How hard did you hit him? He's out cold.
22

none left

used to say that there is none of something left because you have used it all, sold it all etc:
The album was sold out within minutes.
out of
We're out of milk.
They've run out of ideas.
23

before the day/year etc is out

before the day, year etc has ended:
Don't cry, I'll be back before the week's out.
24

not correct

if a measurement, result etc is out, it is wrong because the numbers have not been calculated correctly:
He was out in his calculations, so there was a lot of carpet left over.
The bill was out by over £10.
Their forecast was way out.

➔ not far off/out/wrong

at far1 (2)
25

be out for something/be out to do something

informal to have a particular intention:
Andrew's just out for a good time.
I was convinced he was out to cheat me.
26PG

not in power

used to say that someone, especially a political party, no longer has power or authority [≠ in]:
It's time we voted the Republicans out.
out of
The party has been out of office for a long time.
27

on strike

British EnglishBEL used to say that someone has stopped working as a way of protesting about something:
The railway workers have come out in sympathy with the miners.
28

homosexual

if a homosexual is out, they have told people that they are homosexual
29

not possible

spoken if a particular suggestion or activity is out, it is not possible:
We don't have enough money to rent a car, so that's out.
30

sea

when the tide is out, the sea by the shore is at its lowest level [≠ in]:
You can walk across the sands when the tide is out.
31

sport

a) DS a player or team that is out in a game such as cricket or baseball is no longer allowed to bat:
Sussex were all out for 365.
b) DS a ball that is out in a game such as tennis or basketball is not in the area of play [≠ in]
32

out with it!

spoken used to tell someone to say something which they have been unwilling to say or have difficulty saying:
OK, out with it! What really happened?
33

reason

because of a particular feeling that you have
out of
They obeyed him out of fear rather than respect.
Just out of curiosity, why did you take that job?
34

made of something

used to say what substance or materials a particular thing is made of
out of
a tombstone carved out of black marble
toy boats made out of old tin cans
35XX

how many of a group

used to say how common something is, or how large a part of a group you are talking about
9 out of 10/three out of four etc
Nine out of ten students pass the test first time.
Apparently they've lost three games out of seven already.
36

out of it

informal
a) slightly unhappy because you feel different from the rest of a group of people and cannot share their fun, conversation etc:
I felt a bit out of it because I was the only one who couldn't speak French.
b) unable to think clearly because you are tired or drunk, or have taken drugs:
You were really out of it last night. What were you drinking?
37

out there

a) in a place that could be anywhere except here:
My real father is out there and one day I plan to find him.
b) where someone or something can be noticed by many people:
Jerry Lewis is out there all the time raising money for disabled kids.
38

out front

especially American English
a) in front of something, especially a building, where everyone can see you:
There's a blue car out front.
b) taking a leading position:
As a civil rights leader, he was always out front.
c) informal very honest and direct:
Molly is very out front in talking about her mistakes.

➔ out of your mind

at mind1 (24)

; ➔ out of the blue

at blue2 (4)

; ➔ out of luck

at luck1 (10)

; ➔ out of this world

at world1 (15)

; ➔ be out of the question

at question1 (9)

; ➔ out front

at front1 (8)

; ➔ out back

at back2 (2)

; ➔ out of sorts

at sort1 (10)
word choice word choice

out, outside, outdoors, out of doors
If you are out, you are away from a building, especially the place where you live or spend a lot of time Debbie's out. She'll be back later. Why don't we go out for the day? If you are outside a room or building, you are not in it but are close to it Meet me outside the library. I sat on a chair outside his office. You'll have to wait outside in the corridor. When outside is an adverb, it can also mean 'not inside any building' It's cold outside.Outdoors or out of doors always mean 'not inside any building' We usually spend summers outdoors. I like weddings that are held out of doors.!! Do not confuse outdoors (with an -s) and outdoor (without an -s). Outdoors is an adverb I like playing outdoors. Outdoor is an adjective that can only be used before a noun outdoor activities such as fishing
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