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out

4 noun
     
Related topics: Sport
out4
1 [singular] an excuse to avoid doing an activity or to avoid being blamed for something:
I'm busy on Sunday, so that gives me an out.
2DS [countable] an act of making a player in baseball lose the chance to score a point
3

on the outs (with somebody)

American English informal arguing or not agreeing with someone:
Wilson is on the outs with his family because of his relationship with that woman.

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