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Topic: HORSES

Date: 1700-1800
Origin: tout 'to look secretly, watch' (14-19 centuries), perhaps from an unrecorded Old English tutian

tout

1 verb
     
tout1
1 [transitive] to praise something or someone in order to persuade people that they are important or worth a lot:
his much touted musical
be touted as something
Nell is being touted as the next big thing in Hollywood.
2 [intransitive and transitive] especially British EnglishBBT to try to persuade people to buy goods or services you are offering
tout for business/custom British English (=look for customers)
Minicab drivers are not allowed to tout for business.
3 [intransitive and transitive] American EnglishDGGDSH to give someone information about a horse in a race
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