Meaning of OUT in English

OUT

I. adverb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a bell rings out (= it rings loudly )

The bells rang out to celebrate the end of the war.

a blaze breaks out ( also a blaze starts )

The blaze broke out on the third floor of the building.

a book comes out (= it is published for the first time )

Everyone was waiting for the new Harry Potter book to come out.

a candle goes out

A sudden draught made the candles go out.

a car pulls out (= moves away from the side of the road )

A car suddenly pulled out in front of me.

a clash breaks out

Armed clashes broke out on Tuesday between the military and the rebels.

a company goes bankrupt/goes out of business (= stops doing business after losing too much money )

a court dismisses/throws out sth (= refuses to allow or consider something )

The court dismissed his appeal against conviction.

a custom dies out/disappears (= gradually stops being done )

Sometimes the streets are decorated with flower petals, although this custom is dying out.

a disturbance breaks out (= starts )

A disturbance broke out between local youths and a group of sailors.

a fight breaks out/erupts (= suddenly starts )

A fight broke out and one man was struck on the head.

a film is released/comes out (= it is made available for people to see )

The film is due to come out in May.

a fire breaks out (= it starts suddenly )

A fire broke out in the engine room.

a fire goes out (= it stops burning )

After several hours, the fire eventually went out.

a flame goes out (= stops burning )

Try not to let the flame go out.

a lease runs out ( also a lease expires formal ) (= it stops )

Their lease runs out in June.

a licence runs out ( also a licence expires formal ) (= it ends )

Her driver’s license had expired.

a mark comes off/out

I can’t get this dirty mark to come out.

a policy pays out (= pays you money when you claim it )

I thought my insurance policy would pay out.

a quarrel breaks out (= starts to happen )

A fresh quarrel broke out between the players.

a rebellion breaks out (= starts )

While he was away, a rebellion broke out in Aquitaine.

a revolt breaks out (= starts )

In 1821 revolts broke out in Moldavia and Wallachia.

a riot begins/breaks out/erupts

Riots broke out last month following the verdict.

a shot rings out (= is heard )

Suddenly, two shots rang out.

a storm blows itself out (= ends )

The storm finally blew itself out.

a train pulls into/out of a station

The train pulled into Euston station and I got off.

a way out of a dilemma (= a way to solve it )

There seemed to be no way out of the dilemma.

an argument breaks out (= it starts )

The men were drunk and an argument soon broke out.

an engine cuts out (= stops suddenly )

The engine keeps cutting out.

an experiment to test/measure/find out sth

We did an experiment to test the acidity of the soil.

appear from nowhere/out of nowhere (= appear suddenly and unexpectedly )

The car seemed to appear from nowhere.

appear out of the mist ( also emerge from the mist )

Suddenly my commanding officer appeared out of the mist.

As far as I can make out

As far as I can make out , he has never been married.

As it turned out (= used to say what happened in the end )

As it turned out , he passed the exam quite easily.

as things turned out (= used to say what happened or was discovered in the end )

Obviously, there had to be some mistake. As things turned out, there was.

ask/tell sb flat out

She asked him flat out if he was seeing another woman.

back out of/pull out of a deal (= decide not to make a deal after discussing one )

Twenty-five jobs were lost after their partner pulled out of the deal.

back out of/pull out of a deal (= decide not to make a deal after discussing one )

Twenty-five jobs were lost after their partner pulled out of the deal.

be bored out of your mind (= extremely bored )

In some of the lessons, I was bored out of my mind.

be in/go into/come out of hiding

He went into hiding in 1973.

be out of a competition (= no longer be in a competition because you have been defeated )

Our team scored the fewest points so we were out of the competition.

be out of a job (= not have a job )

If the project fails, we’re all out of a job.

be out of breath (= have difficulty breathing after running, hurrying etc )

Andrew hurried in, slightly out of breath.

be out of danger (= no longer be in danger )

John is still in hospital but he is out of danger.

be out of fashion

Flared trousers were out of fashion in the 1980s.

be out of nappies (= to no longer wear nappies, but use the toilet instead )

Is George out of nappies yet?

be (out) on strike

Teachers are on strike again this week.

be set out in detail (= be written down and described in detail )

The changes to the system are set out in detail in the next paragraph.

be singled out for praise (= be the one person who is praised )

His work was singled out for praise by the examiners.

be spread out over a wide area

The town is spread out over a wide area.

be swept out to sea (= be taken far away from land by the sea )

They had to rescue three young canoeists who were swept out to sea.

begin/start out on/start a career

Jacobson started his banking career in 1990.

belch (out) smoke (= send out large amounts of smoke )

The factories belch smoke.

blow out a candle

Can you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake?

bluff it out (= continue to pretend something )

‘I was with Don,’ she said, deciding to bluff it out .

bluff your way out of/through/past etc sb/sth (= go somewhere or succeed in doing something by deceiving someone )

I hope we’ll be able to bluff our way past the guard.

borrow sth from the library/take sth out of the library

Books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines can be borrowed from the library.

bring out the flavour (= make the flavour more noticeable )

The fruit is cooked to bring out the flavour.

bring...out of...shell

I had hoped that university would bring him out of his shell .

brought out into the open

All these concerns need to be brought out into the open .

burst out laughing (= suddenly start laughing )

She looked at him and burst out laughing.

called time out

With 15.7 seconds left, Washington State called time out .

came out all wrong (= not in the way I intended )

I tried to explain everything to her, but it came out all wrong .

came straight out with it

She came straight out with it and said she was leaving.

carry out a check

Manufacturers carry out safety checks on all new cars.

carry out a check

Manufacturers carry out safety checks on all new cars.

carry out a command (= obey one )

The men carried out the command immediately.

carry out a crime

The boy admitted that he’d carried out the crime.

carry out a plan (= do what has been planned )

The bombers were arrested by the security forces before they could carry out their plans.

carry out a programme ( also implement a programme formal )

They attempted to implement a programme of reform.

carry out a raid (= make a raid )

They were encouraged by the French king to carry out raids upon English ships.

carry out a repair

The school was closed for two months while repairs were carried out.

carry out a review

The government is carrying out a review of state pension provision.

carry out a review

The government is carrying out a review of state pension provision.

carry out a review ( also conduct a review formal )

No one has yet carried out a review of the system.

Government officials are conducting a review of the law.

carry out a search

Here are some more ways of carrying out information searches online.

carry out a search

Here are some more ways of carrying out information searches online.

carry out a search ( also conduct a search formal )

Police have carried out a search of his home.

carry out a study

He has carried out various studies into violent behaviour.

carry out a study

He has carried out various studies into violent behaviour.

carry out a survey

The committee has carried out a survey of parking problems in residential areas.

carry out a survey

The committee has carried out a survey of parking problems in residential areas.

carry out a task/job

He was unable to carry out simple tasks.

carry out a task/job

He was unable to carry out simple tasks.

carry out a test

Forensic experts are now carrying out DNA tests.

carry out a test

Forensic experts are now carrying out DNA tests.

carry out a threat (= do what you threatened to do )

She ought to have carried out her threat to go to the police.

carry out an assessment

The company is carrying out an assessment of staff training needs.

carry out an assessment

The company is carrying out an assessment of staff training needs.

carry out an attack

It became clear that terrorists had carried out the attack.

carry out an attack

The man who carried out the attack has been described as white and 25 to 32 years old.

carry out an attack

It became clear that terrorists had carried out the attack.

carry out an engagement

Last year, the princess carried out over 300 official engagements.

carry out an examination ( also conduct an examination formal ) (= examine sth )

The police are carrying out an examination of the crime scene.

carry out an execution

The order to carry out his execution was sent to the prison.

carry out an experiment

Many schools need better facilities for carrying out scientific experiments.

carry out an experiment

Many schools need better facilities for carrying out scientific experiments.

carry out an explosion (= cause one deliberately )

By 1942, the United States had carried out test explosions with nuclear bombs.

carry out an inquiry

A formal inquiry into the cause of death will be carried out.

carry out an inquiry

A formal inquiry into the cause of death will be carried out.

carry out an inspection

Engineers had carried out an inspection on the plane.

carry out an investigation

The police will carry out an investigation into what actually happened.

carry out an investigation

The police will carry out an investigation into what actually happened.

carry out research

I was in Italy carrying out research for my book.

carry out research

I was in Italy carrying out research for my book.

carry out work

You’ll have to get a builder to carry out the work.

carry out work

You’ll have to get a builder to carry out the work.

carry out work

The work should be carried out without further delay.

carry out your duties ( also perform/discharge your duties formal ) (= do your job )

She has always carried out her duties efficiently.

carry out your duties/responsibilities

She carried out her duties very efficiently.

carry out your duties/responsibilities

She carried out her duties very efficiently.

carry out/commit an assault

She admitted to committing the assault.

carry out/conduct a check formal (= do or run a check )

The police carried out a check on the car’s registration number.

carry out/do a survey

The survey was carried out by Warwick University.

carry out...evaluation

We need to carry out a proper evaluation of the new system.

carry out/perform/do a task

I don't think we have enough resources to carry out this task.

carry out/take/do a poll

A similar poll was carried out among academics in the United States.

A poll taken last month gave the Democrats a seven-point lead.

carrying out essential maintenance work

Engineers are carrying out essential maintenance work on the main line to Cambridge.

carved out...career

She carved out a successful career in the film industry.

check out of a hotel (= leave a hotel )

We packed and checked out of the hotel.

check sth out of the library American English (= borrow a book etc from the library )

You can check out up to ten books from the library.

clear out! British English (= used to tell someone angrily to go away )

cold out/outside

It’s too cold out – I’m staying at home.

come out and say

At least he’s got the courage to come out and say what he thinks.

come out into the open

She never let her dislike for him come out into the open .

come out of a coma ( also emerge from a coma formal )

Alice wanted to be there when he came out of his coma.

come out of...shell

She’s started to come out of her shell a little.

come out on strike

We decided to come out on strike .

come/break out in a rash (= get a rash )

My mother comes out in a rash if she eats seafood.

come/get out of prison

The boy just come out of prison after doing two years for assault.

create/carve out a niche (= do something in a particular way that is different to and better than anyone else )

She had carved out a niche for herself as a children's television presenter.

cry your eyes/heart out (= be extremely sad and cry a lot )

Lucy read the letter and cried her eyes out.

cut out the middleman (= avoid using a middleman )

Buy direct from the manufacturer and cut out the middleman .

cut sb out of your will (= change your will so that someone is no longer given anything when you die )

His father cut her out of his will.

deal with/sort out a problem

The state has failed to deal with the problem of violence against women.

devise/work out a strategy ( also formulate a strategy formal )

We had to devise strategies for saving money.

discover/find out a secret

He was afraid that someone would discover his secret.

discover/find out sb’s fate

He only discovered his sister’s fate after the war.

discover/find out the extent of sth

We were shocked when we discovered the extent of the fraud.

dismiss sth out of hand (= immediately, without thinking about it )

It's an interesting idea so don't dismiss it out of hand.

dismiss/throw out a case (= officially stop it from continuing )

The case was thrown out by New York state’s highest court.

dismiss/throw out/turn down an appeal (= not give permission for a decision to be changed )

The taxpayer's appeal was dismissed and the penalty upheld.

do a study/carry out a study ( also conduct a study formal )

The scientists are carrying out a study into the effects of global warming.

do/carry out a test ( also perform/conduct a test formal )

Your doctor will need to carry out some tests.

do/carry out an assessment

A teacher does a yearly assessment of each child’s progress.

do/carry out an experiment

They carried out a series of experiments to test the theory.

He did some experiments with bats.

do/carry out an operation ( also perform an operation formal )

The operation was carried out by a team of surgeons at Papworth Hospital.

I’ve done this operation hundreds of times.

do/carry out research ( also conduct research formal )

The research was carried out by a team of scientists at Edinburgh University.

Little research has been conducted into the subject.

do/carry out surgery ( also perform surgery formal )

A San Antonio doctor has volunteered to perform the surgery at no cost.

do/carry out/conduct a post-mortem

do/carry out/perform/conduct an analysis

No similar analysis has been done in this country.

drift in and out of consciousness (= be awake and then not awake, and then awake again, etc )

He had a high temperature and was drifting in and out of consciousness.

drift in and out of sleep (= keep almost waking up )

I lay in the garden, drifting in and out of sleep.

drifted in and out of consciousness

He drifted in and out of consciousness .

drive sb up the wall/round the bend/out of their mind spoken informal (= make someone feel very annoyed )

That voice of hers drives me up the wall.

drop out of university (= leave before finishing your course )

He dropped out of university in order to join a rock band.

drop out of/withdraw from the race

He dropped out of the presidential race three weeks ago.

elbowing...out of the way

She pushed through the crowd, elbowing people out of the way .

fight it out

We left them to fight it out .

Fighting broke out

Fighting broke out in the crowds.

fill in/fill out/complete a questionnaire (= answer all the questions in it )

All staff were asked to fill in a questionnaire about their jobs.

fill in/out a form (= write the answers to the questions on a form )

Fill in the form and send it back with your cheque.

fill out/fill in an application (= write all the necessary information on it )

I would like to fill out an application for the position.

You can fill in the application form online.

find out for yourself

I thought it best to let you find out for yourself .

find out/discover sb’s identity

The police have yet to discover the victim’s identity.

find out/discover/uncover the truth

She was determined to find out the truth.

find/work out a compromise

A temporary compromise was found.

follow orders/carry out orders (= obey them )

The men argued that they had only been following orders.

frighten sb to death/frighten the life out of sb (= make someone feel extremely afraid )

He drove at a speed which frightened Lara to death.

get a laugh out of sb (= make someone laugh )

I always managed to get a laugh out of my audience.

get a stain out ( also get rid of a stain ) (= remove it )

You’ll never get that stain out.

get in/into/out of the bath

I had to get out of the bath to answer the phone.

get into bed/get out of bed

I usually read for a bit after I get into bed.

get into/out of a cab

I just saw Fiona getting into a cab.

get into/out of a taxi

He got into a taxi outside the station.

get out of a car

He got out of the car and went into the newsagent’s.

get out of a habit (= stop doing something regularly or often )

She couldn’t get out of the habit of saying 'sorry'.

get out of jail

He got out of jail after five years for armed robbery.

get out of/quit the rat race

the story of a couple who quit the rat race

get pleasure from/out of sth

Young children get a lot of pleasure from dressing up.

get pleasure from/out of sth

She gets a lot of pleasure from her garden.

get sb out of bed (= make someone get out of bed )

His mother couldn’t get him out of bed in the mornings.

get skeeved out

I hate touching raw meat. I just get skeeved out .

get the car out of the garage

Wait here while I get the car out of the garage.

get the truth out of sb (= make someone tell you the truth )

I’ll get the truth out of her, whatever it takes!

get...out of a tight spot

I hope you can help get me out of a tight spot .

get...sorted out

I’ll be glad to get this misunderstanding sorted out .

get/step out of line

Anybody who steps out of line will be in deep trouble.

give/let out a laugh

She gave a loud laugh.

give/let out a shriek

Ella let out a piercing shriek.

give/let out a sigh

She let out a sigh of disappointment.

give/let out a yelp of pain/dismay/surprise etc

The water was hotter than she had expected, and she gave an involuntary yelp.

go all out

Canada will have to go all out on the ice if they want to win.

go on strike/come out on strike (= start a strike )

An estimated 70,000 public sector workers went on strike.

go (out) for a meal

How about going out for a meal tonight?

go out for/to dinner (= go and eat in a restaurant )

Would you like to go out for dinner on Saturday?

go out for/to lunch (= have lunch at a restaurant )

I don't often go out to lunch, as it's expensive.

go out of business (= stop doing business because of financial problems )

In a recession smaller firms often go out of business.

go out of existence (= stop existing )

If a buyer isn't found, this famous old club could go out of existence.

go out of fashion (= stop being fashionable )

Long evening dresses are going out of fashion.

gone out on a limb (= taken a risk )

He’d gone out on a limb to help us.

ground out...cigarette

He ground out his cigarette on the window ledge.

had it all worked out (= had made very careful plans )

I had it all worked out .

hammer out an agreement informal (= decide on an agreement after a lot of discussion and disagreement )

Traders are focused on Washington, where Republicans and Democrats are hammering out an agreement to balance the federal budget.

hand out punishments (= give people punishments )

The courts are handing out harsher punishments to reckless drivers.

hand/pass/give/send out a leaflet

Students were handing out election leaflets at the station.

hang out/up the laundry (= put the laundry outside on a line to dry )

My mother was hanging out the laundry in the sun.

Hang...out to dry

Hang the wet things out to dry .

have a tooth out British English , have a tooth pulled American English (= have a tooth removed )

He's gone to the dentist to have a tooth out.

have...tonsils out (= have them removed )

If you keep getting throat infections you might have to have your tonsils out .

held out...hand

He held out his hand to help her to her feet.

hold out hope (= say that you think something is likely )

Negotiators did not hold out much hope of a peaceful solution.

hold out the prospect/promise of sth

alternative methods which hold out the promise of improved health

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impose/mete out a punishment formal (= give someone a punishment )

Life imprisonment should be the maximum punishment meted out by the state.

ins and outs

I don’t really know all the ins and outs of the matter.

issue/release/put out a statement (= give a written statement to newspapers, TV etc )

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a short statement saying the meeting was ‘useful’.

it just popped out

I didn’t mean to say it like that – it just popped out .

it turned out that

To my surprise, it turned out that I was wrong.

It’s come out that

It’s come out that several ministers received payments from the company.

jump into/out of bed

I jumped out of bed and ran over to the window.

jumped out of...skin (= was very shocked or frightened )

Don’t shout. I nearly jumped out of my skin !

keep sb out of mischief (= prevent someone from causing trouble )

Playing football helps keep him out of mischief.

keep/stay out of mischief (= not do things that cause trouble etc )

Can I trust you to stay our of mischief for half an hour?

knocked out cold (= hit on the head so that you became unconscious )

You were knocked out cold .

ladle soup out/into a bowl (= serve it using a large spoon )

Ladle the soup into warm bowls and garnish with parsley.

laugh out loud/aloud (= laugh so that other people can hear you )

Some parts of the book were so funny that they made me laugh out loud.

leave/come out of hospital British English , leave/come out of the hospital American English

Her mother never left the hospital.

let out a scream

He let out a piercing scream.

let out a scream/cry/roar etc

He let out a cry of disbelief.

let out/give a yell

She let out a yell when she saw me.

let out/utter a cry

Seeing the fields and mountains, she let out a cry of delight.

let sb out of prison

When's he going to be let out of prison?

let your breath out (= breathe out )

Let your breath out slowly and relax.

let/put the cat out (= let it or make it go outside )

Can you let the cat out?

living out of a suitcase (= spending a lot of time travelling )

He was tired of living out of a suitcase .

look out for yourself/number one (= think only of the advantages you can get for yourself )

look/gaze/stare out of the window

Mom stared out of the window at the road.

loom out of the mist (= start being seen in a way that is not clear, because the mist still covers it slightly )

Here and there trees loomed out of the mist.

make a cheque out/payable to sb (= write someone's name on a cheque so it is paid to them )

Who shall I make the cheque out to?

make a man (out) of sb (= make a boy or young man start behaving in a confident way )

Running his own business has really made a man out of Terry.

make/carry out reforms

They haven't made any real reforms.

make/do/carry out etc spot checks

We carry out spot checks on the vehicles before they leave the depot.

matters arising from/out of sth (= things connected with or caused by a particular event )

Are there any matters arising from the report which you wish to discuss?

move into/out of a house

We’re moving into our new house next week.

move into/out of an apartment (= start living in a new apartment, or leave an apartment in order to live somewhere else )

They moved into the apartment last Easter.

move into/out of an area

She had just moved into the area and knew very few people.

Many young people are moving out of rural areas.

my/our sympathy goes out to sb formal (= used to formally express sympathy )

Our sympathy goes out to Peggy in her great loss.

night out with the boys

Friday is his night out with the boys .

not far off/out/wrong (= close to being correct )

I guessed it would cost $100 and it was $110, so I was not far out.

not hold out much hope/hold out little hope

Negotiators aren’t holding out much hope of a peaceful settlement.

not hold out much hope/hold out little hope

Negotiators aren’t holding out much hope of a peaceful settlement.

not...a peep out of

There has not been a peep out of them since bedtime.

out back American English (= behind a house or other building )

Tom’s working on the car out back.

out of condition (= no longer in good condition )

If your hair is out of condition, this may be because you are eating the wrong foods.

out of doors

The kids spent all their time out of doors.

out of line (= not in a straight row )

A couple of the posts were out of line .

out of stock/in stock (= unavailable or available in a particular shop )

I’m sorry, that swimsuit is completely out of stock in your size.

out of work

out-of-work actors

out on the prowl (= looking for people to have a sexual relationship with )

local men out on the prowl in the city’s bars and nightclubs

out tray

out tray (= for holding documents you have dealt with )

packed out

pandemonium broke out

When the verdict was read pandemonium broke out in the courtroom.

panic breaks out (= starts among a group of people )

Suddenly, everything went dark and panic broke out.

perform/carry out a chore formal (= do a chore )

It's good for kids to learn how to perform household chores.

pissed as a newt/pissed out of your head (= extremely drunk )

plan/work sth out in detail

I haven't worked our trip out in detail yet.

plays itself out

It will be interesting to see how the election plays itself out .

pour out your heart/soul (= tell someone all your feelings, including your most secret ones )

pour the coffee (out)

He poured the coffee out into mugs.

produce/bring out an edition (= of a book, newspaper, or other product )

This special edition of the VW Beetle was produced in the 1970s.

pull open/pull out a drawer (= open it )

He pulled open drawers until he found the papers.

pull out of a dive (= stop a plane going down )

He tried to pull out of the steep dive before hitting the ground.

put out a fire ( also extinguish a fire formal ) (= stop a fire burning )

Firemen successfully extinguished the fire.

put out

She felt put out that she hadn’t been consulted.

put out/extinguish a blaze

Staff managed to put out the blaze before firemen arrived.

put out/extinguish the flames (= make them stop burning )

The firemen successfully put out the flames.

put out/stub out a cigarette (= stop it burning )

Kit stubbed out her cigarette in the fireplace.

put out/stub out a cigarette (= stop it burning )

Kit stubbed out her cigarette in the fireplace.

put sth out to tender British English (= to ask different companies to say how much they will charge for doing a particular job )

The contract for building the houses will be put out to tender.

put the washing out (= hang it on a washing line )

Could you put the washing out for me?

put/knock sb out of a competition (= defeat someone so that they are no longer in a competition )

They put us out of the competition in the semi-final last year.

put...out of contention

Injury has put him out of contention for the title.

ran out of control

The truck ran out of control and hit a house.

ride out a storm (= survive it without being damaged )

The Greek fleet had ridden out the storm near Euboia.

ride out the storm (= survive the situation )

Do you think the government will be able to ride out the storm?

rightly pointed out

As you so rightly pointed out , things are getting worse.

root out corruption (= find and stop it )

a new campaign to root out corruption

round/out the back British English (= behind a house or building )

Have you looked round the back?

rule out the possibility

She has refused to rule out the possibility of singing again.

rule out/exclude a possibility (= say that something will definitely not happen or is definitely not true )

We can't rule out the possibility that there will be more redundancies.

ruled out foul play

Detectives have not ruled out foul play .

run out into a road

He had to swerve when a child ran out into the road.

run out of energy (= have no more energy )

The players seemed to be running out of energy.

run out of fuel (= use all the fuel available and have none left )

The ship ran out of fuel and drifted helplessly.

run out of patience (with sb)

She was wonderful with the children, and never ran out of patience.

run out of petrol

They ran out of petrol some miles from their destination.

sb's ears stick out (= they are noticeable because they do not lie flat against someone's head )

If my hair is too short, you can see that my ears stick out.

sb's visa expires/runs out (= it ends )

I had 14 days to leave the country because my visa had expired.

sb’s luck runs out (= they stop having good luck )

Finally my luck ran out and they caught me.

scare the life/living daylights/hell etc out of sb (= scare someone very much )

The alarm scared the hell out of me.

scared witless/out of your wits informal (= extremely scared )

She admitted she was scared witless.

scrape out/scratch out/eke out a living (= to barely earn enough money to live )

The farmers in these drought-stricken areas are barely able to scratch out a living.

scrape out/scratch out/eke out a living (= to barely earn enough money to live )

The farmers in these drought-stricken areas are barely able to scratch out a living.

scrape out/scratch out/eke out a living (= to barely earn enough money to live )

The farmers in these drought-stricken areas are barely able to scratch out a living.

Scuffles broke out

Scuffles broke out between rival supporters during the match.

see myself out (= leave the building without anyone coming with me )

Don’t worry, I can see myself out .

send out...search party

Let’s get going or they’ll send out a search party .

send (out)/transmit a signal

The signals are transmitted via satellites.

send/give out a signal

The use of the army sends out a clear signal to protesters that their actions will not be tolerated.

serve out...term

The Senator’s illness means he may not serve out his term .

served out...sentence (= in prison )

Dillon’s almost served out his sentence .

set out the aims of sth

Is there a set of guidelines setting out the aims of study?

settle out of court (= come to an agreement without going to a court of law )

She talked to a lawyer and settled out of court with her former employer.

settle sth out of court (= reach an agreement without using a court )

The matter was finally settled out of court.

shut everything out

Jenny closed her eyes and tried to shut everything out .

single sb out for criticism (= to criticize one person, organization etc specifically )

The goalkeeper was singled out for criticism.

snap out of it

Chantal’s been depressed for days. I wish she’d snap out of it .

sold out

The group will play three sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium.

sort out your priorities (= decide which things are the most important as a way of dealing with a situation )

If you’ve got a lot of things to do, sort out your priorities.

sort out...mess

All she could do was pray that, somehow, she might be able to sort out the mess she had got herself into.

sort out...problems

She went to a psychiatrist to try to sort out her problems .

spaced out

spiraled out of control

Crime has spiraled out of control .

spread out/unfold a map

We spread out our maps on the floor.

spun out of control

The car spun out of control and hit a tree.

stamp out corruption (= stop it completely )

The party's chairman called for action to stamp out corruption.

stars appear/come out (= appear in the sky )

We arrived home just as the stars were coming out.

stay out of it

You stay out of it . It’s none of your business.

staying out late

He started staying out late , drinking.

stick...tongue out

Don’t stick your tongue out . It’s rude!

stood out in a crowd

She always stood out in a crowd .

stretch/hold out your arms

I dreamt I saw my mother again with her arms stretched out towards me.

stuck out...tongue

The girl scowled at me, then stuck out her tongue .

sweat blood/sweat your guts out (= work very hard )

I sweated blood to get that report finished.

We’ve been sweating our guts out here!

sweat stands out on sb's forehead (= there are drops of sweat on sb's forehead )

Sweat stood out on Ian's forehead.

sweating it out

Charles is sweating it out while the coach decides which players he’s taking to the Olympics.

sweating it out

They were sweating it out in the gym.

take a battery out

I''ll take the batteries out while I'm not using it.

take a boat out

Why don’t we take the boat out on the river?

take it out on

Don’t take it out on me just because you’ve had a bad day.

take (out) a lease (= start having a lease )

He took a seven-year lease on the place.

take out a loan (= borrow money )

Most home buyers take out a loan.

take out a mortgage (= borrow money to buy a house )

We took out a 25-year mortgage.

take out a pension (= make arrangements to have a pension later )

People were encouraged to take out private pensions.

take out a policy/injunction/loan etc

Before taking a loan out, calculate your monthly outgoings.

take out a subscription (= pay to get something regularly for a year )

She took out a subscription to the Scientific American.

take out an advertisement (= arrange for an advertisement to be in a newspaper or magazine )

Their record company took out full-page advertisements in the music press to promote the album.

take out insurance (= buy an insurance policy )

We decided to take out insurance on the house and its contents.

take out the garbage

Can you take out the garbage when you go?

take out the trash (= take it outside the house )

Will someone take out the trash ?

take out/buy a policy (= arrange it )

People with children should take out a life insurance policy.

take out...patent

He wants to take out a patent on his new type of dustbin.

take sb (out) for a meal

He took Anna out for a meal and then to the theatre.

take sb (out) to lunch (= pay for someone else's lunch when you go to a restaurant )

He took her out for lunch at a local pub.

take sth out of/from your pocket

Marcia took a pair of dark glasses out of her pocket.

take the effort out of sth (= make it easy )

An automatic car takes the effort out of driving.

take the hassle out of sth (= remove the problems related to doing something )

The internet takes all the hassle out of shopping.

take the sting out of sth (= make something less unpleasant or painful )

She smiled to take the sting out of her words.

take your anger/frustration etc out on sb

Irritated with herself, she took her annoyance out on Bridget.

take/have a bite (of sth/out of sth)

She picked up the sandwich and took a bite.

Can I have a bite of your apple?

the ins and outs

I don’t really know all the ins and outs of the matter.

the mail goes (out) (= it leaves an organization to be sent )

What time does the mail go out?

the moon comes out (= appears as it gets dark or a cloud moves )

The moon came out from behind the clouds.

the stars are out (= they are shining )

There was a full moon, and the stars were out.

the sun comes out (= appears when cloud moves away )

The rain stopped and the sun came out.

the tide goes out

They sat on the beach watching the tide going out.

the tide is out

Let’s go for a walk along the beach while the tide is out.

the weather holds (out) (= good weather continues in the same way )

The forecast said the weather should hold until Tuesday.

thrown...out of kilter

Pollution has thrown the Earth’s chemistry out of kilter .

throw...out on the street (= make us leave our home when we have nowhere else to live )

I knew he would never throw us out on the street .

time is running out (= there is not much time left to do something )

Doctors are looking for a suitable donor, but time is running out.

time out

In between jobs, Liz always took time out to return to her first love – travelling.

tired out (= very tired )

He looks tired out .

took the easy way out

I just took the easy way out and gave him some cash.

tough it out

She told herself to be brave and tough it out .

turn out all right

Don’t worry, it’ll turn out all right .

turn out well/badly/fine etc

It was a difficult time, but eventually things turned out all right.

turn out/empty your pockets (= take everything out of your pockets in order to find something )

His mother made him turn out his pockets.

turn...inside out

I always turn my jeans inside out to wash them.

turns out to be a pig in a poke

What if the car you buy turns out to be a pig in a poke ?

violence erupts/breaks out/flares (= suddenly starts )

Violence erupted during the demonstration.

wangle your way out of/into sth

I wangled my way into art school.

war breaks out (= it starts )

They married just before war broke out.

was out of puff (= had difficulty breathing )

I was out of puff .

way out

He was in a dilemma, and could see no way out.

weather/luck holds (out) (= continues to be good )

If our luck holds, we could reach the final.

weaving in and out of

cyclists weaving in and out of the traffic

went out with the ark (= is very old-fashioned )

This kind of entertainment went out with the ark .

wiped out

withdraw from a course/drop out of a course (= leave it without finishing it )

She had to withdraw from the course because of illness.

work out an equation

I spent over an hour trying to work out the equation.

work out at/to £10/$500 etc

The bill works out at £15 each.

work out expensive/cheap etc (= be expensive or cheap )

If we go by taxi, it’s going to work out very expensive.

work out well/badly

Financially, things have worked out well for us.

work sth out on a calculator

Work it out on a calculator if you can't do it in your head.

worn out

You must be absolutely worn out.

write (out) a cheque

I had to write a cheque for £360 yesterday.

yell (out) in surprise/pain etc

Clare yelled in pain as she fell.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ VERB

break

Further fights broke out around the pub, and windows were smashed.

But Netanyahu could run into trouble with his Cabinet and top advisers, or other disagreements could break out among the negotiators.

The topic of my talk was breaking out of destructive childhood patterns.

One evening a row broke out when Jed Mantree slipped a beery hand into Ellen's dress.

In addition, a quarrel had broken out between Minna and Rena Kulass.

Violence had broken out , and there had been anti-Catholic riots in Belfast.

The chaos of the noise from his chest made his forehead break out in a light sweat.

bring

The speed of change which Professor Hoskins deplored is well brought out here by his remarks about a stopping train through Rutland.

They would bring out a chair on to the path for him to sit on.

The management had a choice of throwing out the canteen manager or bringing out the paper.

Whenever I leave the whole thing under the coverlet she immediately searches for the box and brings out the lamb.

Malpass brought out his cigarettes again and this time offered me one.

The sunshine brought out our predatory escort of dorados, and they seemed larger and fiercer than any we had encountered before.

It will seek to bring out the points common to both countries and those which distinguish them.

Practising kungfu puts a person in touch with himself or herself; his or her own failings are brought out into the open.

burst

He did it so cleverly that you would think it was the real thing - until he burst out laughing.

Simpleton led the group to the castle, and sure enough, the princes burst out laughing when she saw the group.

The war is over and everyone bursts out singing!

The whole group bursts out laughing.

Julie, surprised, burst out laughing.

Suddenly three round-headed porpoises came bursting out of the nearly vertical wavefront immediately behind us.

The woman and children burst out laughing again, getting up from the table and crowding round me.

Morning and afternoon, school recessed and we took to the playground; everyone burst out the door except me.

call

A mother called out , ` Heather!

They shouted and laughed like tourists, and called out greetings to Langford and Wall.

An Inside Job A local authority was called out to a feral cat problem at the local prison.

Jessie Kfubock called out and waved for her to join them, but Marie pretended not to have heard.

He was about to leave when he was spotted by Franco who called out to him.

I opened the front door and called out , asking if anyone was home.

Unions have threatened to call out 300,000 workers in coming weeks.

The voice called out from the kitchen, the toilet flushed.

carry

Owing to shortage of medical staff, the post-mortem was not carried out until the following morning.

Many of these cards were marked with a slash to show the killings had been carried out .

Despite the increased difficulties, trials have been carried out on the effects of homoeopathy in a chronic condition - rheumatoid arthritis.

There must be wonders enough here for centuries of study; the first expedition could only carry out a preliminary reconnaissance.

Immunohistochemical detection of the bromodeoxyuridine incorporation was carried out on 4 µm sections.

But because the gold is so heavy, the four of you carry out only part of it.

A postmortem examination will be carried out today.

The surveyor should ensure that his inspection is carried out soas to avoid damage to contents and to the property.

check

The superintendent, through politeness and self-interest, had phoned the local collator at Matlock to check out Hebden's address.

Some of the material had been checked out from the White House library, she thought.

He found some lumps in his neck and went to get them checked out , thinking he had a virus.

But if taking the road less traveled is your idea of fun, these devices are worth checking out .

This gave me a chance to check out the spectator balconies which overhang the two long sides of the water.

The next time you eat in your favorite restaurant, check out the health claims on the menu.

But perhaps they simply hadn't been able to check out all the prints they'd found anyway.

Knight checked out the facts and decided he had heard enough.

come

That was a good sign, but Jack could still come out at any time.

A Negro was acceptable, even lovable, if he came out only when invited and at other times stayed back.

One touch of a button and the family wash comes out whiter than white.

Marco was in his room and wouldn't unlock the door until Jamieson banged on it and ordered him to come out .

You are inordinately curious about and proud of everything that comes out of your body.

Nothing came out , but then she seems to have been very secretive.

And yet those who have seen it a dozen times will come out and watch a dozen more.

cry

In these early weeks of her dying, Sycorax slept, and in her sleep, cried out .

Carol was dying, and he cried out in his sleep and sat up trembling with cold sweats in the heat.

They moved together to the edge of fulfilment - and beyond, crying out as the climactic explosion burst upon them.

The former cried out for help.

She, too, had needs that cried out to be met, but there was no way of meeting them.

This is a problem that cries out for political action.

Several of the youngsters cried out in fright and clung to one another.

Psyche cried out that she would never do so.

cut

She was not cut out to be a conspirator.

Rick Majerus has his work cut out .

He was advised to cut out all instant coffee from his diet and since then has kept very well by doing so.

Drink less alcohol. Cut out smoking.

This, they assured us, would cut out the air and so stop the flames.

Mrs Rundle had once had varicose veins but they had been cut out .

A second application which cuts out the 18 starter and retirement homes is recommended for approval.

draw

The task, then, is not to draw out an entire nucleus but to scoop out a bunch of chromosomes.

We see that it is invariably drawn out in exact multiples of one pint.

Real togetherness Einstein licked his wounds after his long drawn out battle with Bohr about the uncertainty principle.

The next moments on the stairs were long and drawn out .

And a competitive working environment drew out from directors and writers the best they could achieve.

She went to the bank and drew out the money that they had saved.

We tried to draw out the kind of changes that might help make the whole thing happen.

Made curious, she took the distaff in her hand and began to draw out the thread.

drive

To achieve this aim involved driving out the small importers.

These aristocratic tribes were continually at war: the stronger drove out the weak.

The Church took the lead in rallying the forces which drove out the poles and established the Romanovs on the throne.

We drove out to the beach where, fifty feet from the crashing waves, a fairly new bungalow stood.

There was evidence here, too, that the owners had left hurriedly, or been driven out .

Perhaps he had been driven out by the Christians.

It also helps to drive out excess carbon dioxide.

As for her previous plan, John says he saw Tilney driving out of town.

drop

But in the second week the children drop out because they are hungry.

I dropped out of typing class two weeks ago.

I picked it up by the neck and let the folds drop out .

Recently, though, I heard that diet programs had changed since I dropped out .

Of the children who started school in 1983, 50 percent had dropped out after four years.

The survey was conducted March 2-3 before Alexander and Lugar dropped out of the race.

I drop out to the side of the road and pull off my rucksack containing the bagpipes.

Many grew discouraged or disenchanted and dropped out .

dry

It grows best in reasonably fertile soil which does not dry out too readily.

Washing the boards regularly will not hurt them as long as they dry out .

This is to stop the roots drying out .

After this, the bread is removed from the oven but it is still drying out .

Untreated leather will dry out and crack, making it stiff and hard, and no longer waterproof.

The dust makes your eyes burn and dry out .

It's clinical fact that the outer layer of the skin, drying out the natural moisture.

Frying can easily dry out the meat, however, so care must be taken.

fall

But rummaging in the wrong, in Gloria's, bag for her cigarettes, some things fell out .

Since then, old friends Jimmy Faulkner and Chester McLarty have had a falling out .

As a first cause of resentment against authority, falling out with employers was as common as falling out with landladies.

I missed the old Otey a great deal, and I could not understand why we had ever had a falling out .

Not only do women fall in love less easily, they are more likely to fall out of love.

She dropped her purse, and all the contents fell out .

All my body hair fell out , too-except my leg hair which is typical!

One day a lawyer traveling in the same train with Gandhi fell out , head first.

figure

Neither McLaren nor their sponsor, Marlboro, could figure out what was going through Emerson's mind.

At that moment something got figured out by the crowd all at once.

Keith can not figure out why Potter looks so funny.

But in Pusan, I could not figure out why I was there.

One day, she drove on to a roundabout, and could not figure out which exit to take.

They can also figure out your patterns.

You can then print out the graph and get the pupils to figure out what happened when.

They need to figure out how to make a reasonable profit and knock off the greed.

fill

Subjects were then given an example and instructions in how to fill out the rating scales.

The files contained a single document, his lob application, filled out in block letters and unsigned.

A grandmother in Ohio receives a letter promising various gifts in exchange for filling out a questionnaire.

They considered the hotel a nice respite, a place to fill out papers, drink in the evening, relax.

He filled out all the forms making her older than she was and as uninteresting as possible.

Analysis Have the students fill out the analysis sheet and then share their observations.

It normally takes six months from filling out a form to getting permission to emigrate.

When you fill out your diary, step outside yourself and be as objective as possible.

find

But, of course, that is precisely what one is still trying to find out - what the words are.

Those victims found out about it by reading the paper.

Even if I find out now, no one else will know what I find.

If you can't find out , don't risk it.

C., lets you find out .

This research aims to find out how families handle these matters concerning inheritance of property in the circumstances of the 1990s.

Radio people are keen professionals so find out who makes the decisions and seize opportunities as they arise.

get

Myeloski got out and waved the man away, holding up his warrant-card as he did so.

And what would happen to others who owned those stocks but did not get out with Magellan?

Yet Britain's current choice is unchanged: do the job properly-or get out .

Hendricks give him a job to help him get out and the boy worked one week and quit.

But when I get out there I can't call a group.

Some required much pacing and marking to get out of.

Rent a jeep to get out on to small tracks which uncover some beautiful waterfalls and rock formations.

Simply by getting out of the corporate zoo, your point of view changes.

go

It is not hard to find reasons why married women now go out to work.

Instead of picking up a gun that morning, Charlie went out into the rice paddies and worked.

I don't go out very much to spend my money, so I have some saved up.

Did everything but go out and contract it myself.

She could walk more normally, manage stairs and go out alone safely.

Occasionally, I would go out , interview somebody, and hurry back.

It's already going out on this month's Crimewatch.

I expect us to go out and play well.

hand

One was handing out straps and the girls' hands and feet were strapped together before they were thrown in the van.

He had been beaten up at the Union hall: it was the night they handed out the free Christmas turkeys.

It's not just the gross amounts of money that have been handed out to undeserving executives.

Last night at five I handed out an award in the boardroom just to the individual.

Our trusty electric breaker was called for, and ear defenders were handed out - they were absolutely vital!

One former Garcia confidante has testified in court that his old boss handed out millions to government officials who protected his shipments.

Many application forms for membership were handed out and it is hoped that our numbers will grow as a result.

Never before has so much Wall Street expertise been handed out to so many so fast.

hang

This was when Chris Spedding, the guitarist, started hanging out in the shop.

How did you happen to wind up with Raffles hanging out in your closet?

Could you describe the current selling collection hanging out there in a gallery that is also your front room?

I like the fact that you can come here to hang out for a few hours and nobody will bother you.

My brother hangs out with people who beat people up as like a job.

They got really interested in cars, and we were afraid they would start hanging out with the wrong crowd.

Seated on top of it was a fluffy white dog, its red tongue grotesquely hanging out , its head lolling to the side.

Across the street there is a park where all my friends hang out while I work.

hold

Mrs Sweet was holding out on the police.

But they do hold out hope - sort of.

Chiang cut him off and held out his hand for the message.

A moment later he had returned, and was holding out a balloon glass containing an inch of brandy towards her.

I want Fairfax to tell me, but I don't hold out much hope.

If a glowing prospect is held out then a successful candidate will expect it.

knock

However, if the tooth is knocked out completely, little additional damage can be done by fighting on.

When you hit them, you knock out their spindly legs and their big bodies come flying right through your windshield.

Records get knocked out in the studio hastily, emerge knock-kneed, spindly, pallid and monochrome.

The impact, occurring shortly before midnight local time, apparently knocked out all communications before warning could be given.

He's obviously been in the river, so it doesn't look as if he was knocked out on the beach.

Most of that nonsense had been knocked out of him.

Salford overwhelmed shock finalists Chorley Borough 40-16, who had knocked out holders Featherstone Rovers 36-4 in the semi-finals.

He could go through San Spiridione comfortably only when a few cocktails had knocked out his fear.

lay

When the adventurers enter, it is laid out ready for some kind of concert or performance.

Now he laid out another five.

Indeed they often constituted the source of their communities when new villages were laid out by the railway companies beside them.

Edward M.. Kennedy, D-Mass., laid out an alternative approach that would provide vouchers for families to buy insurance.

Everything was laid out neatly, brushes and paints on the clean, scrubbed tops.

Several index fund officials laid out a variety of scenarios, which are surprisingly similar.

Yarn is now stored beneath with carpets being laid out and pattern matched on the Planning floor above.

They enter in silence and sit at the tables laid out in the hall.

leave

He climbed out leaving the car upended on its roof.

Unlike Dole, Clinton would preserve the thrust of programs designed to assure that women and minorities are not left out .

He was miserable at being left out .

They knew better than to be left out .

But this leaves out sports followers.

He turned left out of the Fernbank driveway and walked toward the construction site.

I leave out many things that matter.

I left out names and descriptions.

let

From inside they hear a massive and hysterical scream of the friends letting out their true feelings.

Spider let out a weird high-pitched cackle that scared Miguel.

She let out a kind of sigh and then her breathing ended.

The mother says the daughter is innocent and should be let out on bail.

Gently she poured some on to his chest and the boy let out a high animal shriek.

Only when the kids are let out from school is it busy as bicycles fill up the lanes.

It's then that you realise he keeps his psychotic tendencies hidden, only to be let out onstage.

Like a dancer, you have complete control when you lose control and let out your true forms of self-expression.

look

The faces in the old photographs look out solemnly and silently at us.

Amelia was right about Firebug, sitting there looking out the window all vacant-faced and glassy-eyed.

We became more watchful, looking out several times a day to see if he was there.

By definition, any successful denomination looks out for the welfare of at least its own devotees.

If it had been some one else's funeral George would have been looking out for the nearest pub.

Buttons are fiddly so look out for ones sewn on to elastic loops.

She could look out beyond the tangle of the shore at islets garlanded with trees and vines and carpeted with moss.

lose

Those who don't indulge in the video games world may be losing out in many more ways.

In the night with a light fair wind we had again lost out to the Black Stream.

The ramshackle Whitley Council negotiating machinery is the other reason why the ambulance workers have lost out .

Yet without government notification, workers just plain lose out .

It was difficult to imagine a more stimulating environment for bright children who might otherwise have lost out on their education.

And if the microwave goes down, the whole production crew loses out on a hot lunch as well.

Vendors say organisations will usually buy immediately they have state credits to avoid losing out on the plunging value of the rouble.

Perhaps the organizations most concerned about losing out are the non-profits-libraries, schools, hospitals, and other public institutions.

miss

It is important not to miss out a part of the invitation.

In this thorough, methodical way we missed out very little indeed.

We all knew then that he wasn't going to miss out on the Cup final for all the world.

Don't miss out on our super spring offer: order our great two-piece now!

People have a tendency to presume that they are missing out on something.

The charity planned to have sponsored groups climbing all 277 Munros - but organisers believe Beinn Sgulaird was missed out .

Hockey Atkins makes sure that Cambridge miss out .

move

The Hibs defence, moving out after a corner kick, left Robertson completely clear on the left.

Pretty soon the folks at New Hope were moving out of their little white church and building a bigger one next door.

By the time court orders are granted - some six to 12 months later - most families have moved out .

Thirty years later, I am in academia myself and realize now that people are moved out of Department Chair positions regularly.

But for Arthur Taylor enough is enough - he's moving out .

Whites were moving out as blacks moved in.

Saying they were losing money there, large grocery chains began moving out of inner-city neighborhoods in the 1980s.

Manion unbuttoned his suit jacket and moved out from the podium area.

pay

In a recent instance, a sum of over £10,000 was paid out by a scheme following a successful trace.

For example, some gain-sharing plans will pay out at a higher percentage per year than we assumed.

Between 1979 and 1987 more than 7000 improvement grants were paid out in North Tyneside.

The independently wealthy Straus remained as commissioner-with-out pay .

Line is paid out as the ferret begins its investigation.

Still, some parents would rather take their chances and pay out of their own pockets when a child breaks an arm.

In addition, we pay out over £7,000 million in benefit payments on behalf of the Department of Social Security.

If you were to die as a result of an accident the Plan would pay out up to £40,000 to your estate.

pick

You can also pick out small pieces of grass or leaf.

Unable to get far without my KoreanEnglish dictionary, I put the articles aside for later and picked out two official-looking documents.

Daphne Ledward picks out her favourites for us.

I have picked out the flowers.

Are there any simple questions that can pick out an alcoholic?

Military officials may also be interested because at this resolution the craft can pick out features such as missile silos.

In fact, your new business will only have a corporate wallpaper that you pick out .

play

Negotiations for the player's £60,000 transfer to Parkhead are ongoing with Bangor insisting that Byrne plays out the season here.

The pattern of boom and bust played out all through the region.

The savagery of our retaliation against the virus has yet to be played out .

It was against this background that the crisis of September 1657 was played out .

Throughout the Kuomintang, as within the Soong family, the power struggle was played out in subtle intrigues and inscrutable maneuvers.

Classical physics is played out before an all-seeing eye.

It plays out like a country-western song.

point

Exports have increased by 66 percent since 1981, better than any of our six main competitors, it points out .

The man with the baby pointed out more to Glover.

The analogy between cultural and genetic evolution has frequently been pointed out , sometimes in the context of quite unnecessary mystical overtones.

The couple pointed out a white and gold Ford Aerostar minivan that was driving away.

Kureishi would be the first to point out that he got into film-making by luck rather than design.

The mayor pointed out that people are used to being watched in banks, at bank machines and in stores.

Exceptions will be pointed out as they arise.

The instructions have instructions, he points out .

pour

Hot water poured out the tops of basalt pillars that normally stand as cold obelisks in the middle of drained-back lava ponds.

The powers of the Federal government inevitably increased as it became the chief customer for the war materials poured out by industry.

But one day when he was pouring out petitions, persuasions, promises, she hesitated.

For months, she and Tom had written all those letters, poured out all that love.

The mirth poured out of him.

We may pour out our hearts about the situation in which we find ourselves, expressing our trust, hope and confidence.

The dimness against the far wall was broken by light pouring out through an open door.

pull

With students threatening to run a Barclays-style boycott against any that participate, stand by for more to pull out .

He pulled out a bag of tobacco, patted it.

This enabled the banks to pull out on the grounds that involvement was not commercially justifiable.

Dempster pulled out a handful of change and slammed it down.

In at least four cases, drug dealers have reclaimed the projects after the Guard pulled out , requiring a second invasion.

Amin, opening his briefcase, pulled out a grenade himself, ready to throw it if there was another attack.

He pulls out his pipe, lights it, and begins smoking a favorite pastime.

put

Catherine put out her hand and shook her shoulder ... Slowly the girl toppled to the ground.

No given chore was enough to put out the licking fire that seemed always to burn in her.

When you fall forward, fully conscious or not, you put out your hands to break your fall.

For that reason tropical plants usually put out flower buds and flower by slow growth one to three months later.

The development control sub-committee gave planning permission and will now begin putting out and accepting tenders for the work.

I decided not to put out a special homecoming issue and my sports editor cried.

He also put out a city-wide A.P.B. on their man, warning that he was armed and dangerous.

We put out a placement brochure every spring.

reach

The blankets lay to one side of the fire and she reached out for them.

How does Dole reach out to a rival who has no reason to quit?

He reached out and pressed his fingertips against the teapot.

She'd reach out towards them both and put her hands on theirs, smiling with her very white teeth.

Again she sighed and reached out with her good right arm and embraced me.

He reached out and took her hand.

One might reach out to other affinities.

read

With an official manner, a man loudly read out her crime for the crowd to hear.

Lacan gives us a way of reading out both.

More adventurously, the teacher might choose to play the role of the Roman Centurion who reads out the decree.

Option 1.3.2 or 1.3.3 may be used to selectively read out the modules that are not in error.

A military judge came to see me and read out the charges - I had been accused of stealing a car.

Mike Seale raced up to the tower with the manual and read out the emergency procedures.

All modules requested will only be read out when all modules are available online.

Try to continue your argument without them, referring to them only in order to read out an authority.

roll

I rolled out like a ball but sneaked back in on the back seat.

The laughter rolled out from him in happy ripples.

When Boeing rolled out its first jumbo, the 747, in 1969, it had been an occasion for rejoicing.

Once, during a jungle film 1 made a snake by rolling out the plasticine on the back of the seats.

Begin to roll out your dough, starting from the center and working to the outer edges of the dough.

Divide in half. Roll out 1 dough half to fill in 10-inch-deep pie pan.

To make flutes or baguettes, roll out each piece of dough into a long rectangle.

rule

This rules out the possibility that autoantibodies are merely a consequence of hepatitis C virus infection.

Dole demanded that Clinton rule out pardons for his business partners in the failed Whitewater land scheme.

With some of the poorer ones the possibility of misunderstandings can not be ruled out .

Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican National Committee, pointedly refused last week to rule out using the tape in commercials.

One area not being ruled out , however, is a link with drugs.

In order to help work-inhibited students as much as possible, it is extremely important to rule out any other suspected disorders.

Fraser Digby is back in goal injury has ruled out Nicky Hammond.

This explains Albright's having ruled out the use of force.

run

Devon won by 73 runs , and Roebuck contributed a mere 6 towards that margin of victory before being run out .

Do we run out and call the priest or rabbi?

Illegal trophy hunting ran out of control and 80 per cent of the Serengeti's elephants died.

The gauges showed he was pulling maximum power, and we were running out of room.

With time running out , they desperately need points to avoid relegation.

In real life, Selena ran out of that motel room with a bullet wound, and bled to death.

But it warned that it was running out of storage space.

Jennifer ran out of the house to greet her father as he came up the walk.

seek

Conversely, some people are introverted, and seek out relationships with very few people and then only on their own terms.

The confidence to seek out excellence is perhaps the first rule of recruiting and the one most frequently broken.

Ryder makes a point of seeking out potential waverers and listening to their arguments in person.

She sought out her three familiar stars.

It can leave the child seeking out ways to get to heaven by bus or car.

My mother, bless her heart, continues to seek out new accounts for us wherever she travels.

Their leaves, stems and branches orientate themselves to the light, while their roots seek out minerals and water.

Our people need to seek out and identify those stories.

sell

That's unless of course all 11,000 are sold out by Friday night.

Heavy selling out of the Middle East was an old standby.

He put them on sale in the beginning of December 1980; by Christmas they had sold out .

The thrice-weekly tours, she told us, were sold out for the next five months.

In fact, within a month it had sold out - a unique feat for such a volume.

Y., all but accused Clinton of selling out poor children to help ensure his re-election.

I told him there was no possibility of us selling out to anyone.

Set in motion, she would soon be traced and while they ran her down he might sell out and get clear.

send

The National Resources Defense Council sends out fat paperbacks to schools and businesses, usually unsolicited.

The invitations were typed by Sfirion and sent out .

We will be sending out more details over the coming weeks and months with a view to starting Community Action in the summer.

Then they sent out another warning.

I regularly see them sent out alone on shopping errands.

Renewal applications were sent out this week and must be returned by March 15.

She watched how we worked and communicated and how messages and information were received, stored, and sent out .

And two, you refuse to help in any way beyond sending out checks every so often.

set

Details of the amounts due to be billed and the properties concerned are set out on the attached sheet for your information.

Scientists set out to accomplish the next phase, only to find that it did not proceed as smoothly as the first.

Without that ambulance the target set out in the patients charter would not be achievable.

She sets out to pawn for passage money a necklace which belonged to her father, who died before she knew him.

In short, there are many variations on the theme set out in the last paragraph.

But I suppose when you set out to corner the thirst market, you corner it all.

The whole scope of the present duty set out in the Education Act 1944 as amended is retained.

Hsu Fu set out twice, and he and his companions never returned from the second trip.

sort

As she stood, wondering how to sort out the tangle, the door bell rang.

But the emotional impact of drastic life changes can never be wholly sorted out in advance.

I want my staff to sort out their own difficulties with the kids.

He died in a country that many said should have been left to sort out its own problems.

So for all you Seles fans, let's just get this sorted out once and for all.

Research over the past years has begun to answer lots of questions, but much still remains to be sorted out .

Those who found difficulty in settling at Bunce Court had to sort out their own problems.

Simon House and the annex take in people from the street and try to help them sort out their lives.

speak

By speaking out about envy between women, comedy can play a part in helping us to heal it in ourselves.

For months, she had been speaking out against Gov.

If any of you have anything to say, speak out before you take the oath.

Gays afraid to speak out thank her for speaking for them.

Of course, he knew speaking out would do no good, but he couldn't help it sometimes.

The president himself spoke out on the issue at the White House shortly before his testimony was played in Little Rock.

Mark was now speaking out with a vengeance.

spell

The memoranda spelled out clearly the fronting scheme.

Schools are guaranteed a minimum level of funding spelled out by Proposition 98, approved by voters in 1988.

This needs to be spelled out in some detail.

It was spelled out to me what was happening and why.

Numbers Most business writers get confused about when to spell out numbers and when to use numerals.

We communicated through 18-year-old Lisa, who passed on my questions by spelling out words on Julia's hand.

At the end of the draft, the platform spells out the traditional Democratic support for fighting discrimination and protecting civil rights.

spread

When they spot some promising zebras, or antelopes, they spread out into a line.

Dazzling jewelry was sometimes spread out on her dressing table.

There is again a plume, but additionally horizontal layers of double diffusive convection spread out around this.

A hard copy map of their course was spread out over the console before him.

It spreads out in a perfect V from a back yard.

Plus the city spread out below us, beyond the wall of windows.

Aunt Mary and Senator K. are spread out in back.

stand

Yanto was one of those men who stood out in a crowd.

This is something that makes her stand out .

The shed windows were broken and stood out black and jagged by the reflected light of the moon.

Oddly, the passages that stand out most are those in which the workman sticks to his lathe.

The names of four choreographers immediately stand out .

Two stand out in my mind.

But what stands out is the price of progress.

Job aspects not previously considered important stood out because their presence or absence was experienced as undesirable.

start

For the pupils it's a graphic introduction to how acid rain starts out .

Particularly when programs are first starting out , these kinds of written arrangements help establish the ground rules.

As a consequence, the government starts out with a legitimacy based on the will of the people.

How important is it to start out together?

His new personality had a great dislike of Ralph and Jack ordered a hunt to be started out after him.

After starting out in vaudeville shows, Burns rose to fame with his wife in radio and television programs.

Now 82 and long since retired, Pearl started out as a boxing judge before stepping inside the ring.

And they knew about much bigger people who had started out like this.

stay

He went out immediately, and stayed out for the rest of the week-end.

After that, I just stayed out at the quarries.

Will foreign investors be put off and jobs be lost if we stay out ?

You have everything to gain by staying out of range, physically or psychologically.

Kenny was always football mad and he couldn't stay out for long.

But how hard is it to stay out of advanced Stages 4 and 5?

I could stay out all day.

He began to stay out late at night.

step

As she stepped out into the moonlight, two magpies landed on the thatch.

I gave the woman a nod, and when the doors opened Janir and I stepped out on to the concrete platform.

Never be afraid to step out , if it harms no other and gets you your heart's desire.

But now they were almost there, the blackness was turning gray; now he had stepped out joyfully into the daylight.

The landing was deserted as they stepped out , glancing quickly around.

I stepped out of the air-conditioned airplane into the sauna.

As they stepped out on to the pavement Charlie bade his partner goodnight with an exaggerated bow.

Clayt stepped out of the dark and lifted the door shut and peeled off his all-weather gear.

stick

I mean, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Under his arm he carried a large portfolio of drawings and she saw that he had pencils sticking out from his pocket.

Before that, Donahue climbed down the iron rungs sticking out the sides of the manhole.

They can also be distinguished by their almost globular shape and the long protruding remnant of the style sticking out on top.

They walked like roly-poly dolls, their heavily padded sleeves making their arms stick out .

Where the roots stick out the bank gives way to a hollow where the buffaloes are tethered during the day.

My legs stuck out in the sun.

stretch

Evelyn stretched out on her back and stared into the dark, trying to make sense of the day's events.

She was curled up, her arm still out stretched , the sheet crumpled at the foot of the bed.

Goat-mask turned expectantly to the sedan chair, and stretched out a hand.

There was no mistaking the male tiger with the wide-open amber eyes stretched out on the table.

Later we stretched out on the long benches of the White Horse Farm, comparing our bruises and recounting our 30-mile epic.

Each time he stretched out his hand to grasp them the wind tossed them high away out of reach.

It glittered like glass and seemed to stretch out endlessly.

For a moment she crouched above me, then lifted herself off and stretched out beside me on the bed.

strike

I found that I could quickly discard the handbook in favour of striking out on my own and was quite satisfied with the results.

Does it need to be said or done at all? Strike out Women entrepreneurs have guts.

Cloud, then, struck out cross-country to the Albion site north-northwest.

Householders who catch burglars in the act may get a bit rough and individual policemen may strike out in some after-hours pub rough-house.

In the morning we boldly struck out on our new plan.

I struck out feebly in self-defence and hit him across the chest, which increased his rage.

He struck out the first batter he faced.

take

I took out some of the bread and cold meat roll I had brought as my supper.

Immediately taken out of immigration lines at airports all around the world.

A policy taken out shortly before a holiday commences immediately followed by a claim under this Section requires careful investigation.

Then you take out your rolling pin and flatten it.

Sliding them on to the desk, she snapped open her briefcase and took out her calculator.

Take out all the posts and start again?

For the fact of the matter is, all the fight has been taken out of Blue.

throw

I've seen these pillared, high-chinned buildings, their deep chests thrown out in settled cultural pride.

The high court heard oral arguments today in a case that, in effect, seeks to throw out the census numbers.

I thought that if I didn't get out I might end up being thrown out.

Johnson throws out so many would-be base stealers-44. 6 percent in 1997-few runners even try.

Grappling irons were thrown out but these, too, proved ineffective.

The elaborate nets thrown out by air proved far too porous to trap major enemy units.

An emergency resolution demanding a referendum over the Maastricht Treaty was thrown out on a show of hands.

She threw out my comic books, too.

try

Bea, 68, wants to move to London from Hollywood, and has been trying out future homes over here.

Could he please try out his metal detector in her yard?

Nuclear disarmers are right in saying that a test ban would stop weapons builders trying out new and fancier designs.

On the first day trying out this arrangement, the sausage went to get the wood.

After trying out the very elementary patterns and gaining confidence you can try out more complicated designs.

That very evening, the two men tried out their respective hideaways.

If you try this linguistic experiment some groups object, you try out that, some other groups object.

Board members advised prospective tenants to try out the units for 48 hours before moving in.

turn

The jam, it turns out , is home made.

As it turned out , rain did not follow the plow any more than it followed anything else.

In 1999, a prediction that 60 percent of the harvest would be lost turned out to be optimistic.

Well, maybe sometime, but not in a few hundred trials, as it turned out .

For how they've turned out . perhaps the only thing I feel proud of is this: No excuses.

As it turned out , both were probably right and wrong.

In the recessionary 1970s, most governments were turned out at elections or saw their share of electoral support fall.

What turned out to be a surprise, however, was the way the vote was conducted.

walk

If I'd tried to walk out along the trail, I would have met Perkin face to face.

If Bambi walked out of the woods, he might not swerve to miss her.

He could of course simply walk out on some pretext - visiting a friend.

Mrs Albertson walked out into the hall and down to Room 104.

I walked out the front with my slippers on.

We walked out of the city and into the fields.

A short time afterwards, Tina and her friend Alice Poyton were mugged while out walking .

Before, when you walked out of the hospital, I knew you were getting tired of life according to Manny Glass.

watch

Not too many Maggies and Johns around but watch out for a millennium crop of seven-pound unisex Blairs.

Everyone white was milling around in the road, and he had to watch out for children.

As the election gets under way watch out for more of this Doublethink, particularly on television.

At that stage, math is simply following steps and watching out for details, her strong suit.

Just watch out: the robots take no prisoners.

On this stretch, watch out for the trees on both sides of the track.

You know, the stuff you always say to watch out for.

wear

Because, quite honestly, she was feeling absolutely worn out .

Iron tires, too, quickly wore out , getting thinner and thinner, until nothing remained.

On a long cruise the courtesy ensigns can cost more than the charts and wear out quicker.

I mean when you get bored or some one wears out their welcome do you treat them like you would your job?

Though Harriet was tired - indeed, worn out - the Easter party took place.

The truth was that the crew, as well as Hsu Fu, was wearing out .

I know you are worn out .

You could tell when the barrel was worn out .

wipe

In the 1800s most fishermen were after whales, until their coastal net fishery wiped out local populations.

At the beginning, the malais had wiped out whole villages.

It was thought that the command group had been wiped out .

It is perfectly capable of wiping out even the largest enemy unit.

It wiped out their cattle and led farmer to ostracize farmer.

Oceanic drift-nets are literally wiping out life over huge tracts of the world's oceans.

The Raiders wiped out the Washington Redskins, 38-9, in what then was the most lopsided victory in history.

work

In real time, Peter worked out , Emor began towards the end of 1963 and flourished for nearly two years.

She also works out on a special weight machine that lets her emulate the all-important explosive spurt.

But we eventually worked out a winning formula.

The economics of electronic publishing have yet to be worked out .

Then they had to work out what to do.

Legislators worked out a compromise in the Department of Human Services' spending bill.

Now you can begin to work out the right order.

If, this time, it all works out successfully, Aegina may save itself some money.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(be/feel) like a fish out of water

I felt like a fish out of water.

In his first interview since the move, he still looks like a fish out of water.

(get) ten out of ten (for sth)

Gave it ten out of ten.

(go) out of business

But most analysts agree that many health insurance companies would be driven out of business .

Farmers and ranchers are still going out of business on the plains today.

If they were not, bird-watching and natural history museums would each go out of business .

It was assumed that I might well put a customer or two out of business .

Now that the war was over the Navy was, in effect, out of business , and it sought repossession.

Rather, the independent-minded newspapers believe that the government now wants to drive them out of business .

The advisory council goes out of business now, having delivered its long-awaited report.

The league was out of business after three seasons.

(just) out of interest/as a matter of interest

(out) in the open

Both animals were the only Rottweilers in the open class to gain a V rating.

Everything was out in the open - political resistance, management failings and just sheer inertia.

She had them out in the open now, where he could see them.

That which is hidden away, the shadow, is out in the open !

The tap-tap boy with the crooked gaze stood in the open doorway, grinning as usual.

The typical retail pushcart is set up in the open areas of a shopping mall or strip mall.

When the men made their appearance in the open , they were believed to be Union troops and were not fired upon.

(out) in the sticks

Three years on, what to make of the original inner city mama, out here in the sticks ?

We must have been right out in the sticks .

You two behaved as if we were still in the sticks .

(out) on the town

A night on the town for the boys.

But don't let that fool you - by nightfall people are waking up ready to go out on the town .

Had trouble dragging yourself out on the town on Sunday night?

Joy was a Saturday morning out on the town .

Nowadays, the battlefield is an opera stage, at Sebastiani Theatre on the town square.

The next time I saw him, I was out on the town with Peter Mbalu-Mukasa.

The others have gone out on the town .

I can't work sb out

a bolt from/out of the blue

Even so, dismissal should never come as a bolt from the blue, however exalted your place in the corporate hierarchy.

Inspiration hit me like a bolt from the blue on the way home.

The Mishcon job came like a bolt from the blue.

a shout out to sb

argue sb into/out of doing sth

average sth ↔ out

bail sb ↔ out

bail sb/sth ↔ out

bail sth ↔ out

battle it out

The Yankees and the Red Soxs are battling it out for the championship.

For the Sunday the pros would be on their own, battling it out for the first prize of £500,000.

From their earliest days they were battling it out - sometimes for the same parts.

In Atlanta, 12 teams will be battling it out in two divisions.

Phil Gramm all battling it out for second-and third-place showings.

They showed no sign of brotherly love as they battled it out for the runner-up spot before the record crowd.

This is why bodies exist, rather than separate replicators still battling it out in the primordial soup.

be burnt out

All over Bosnia, dwellings are burnt out, uninhabitable, or simply not there any more.

As a result many people are burnt out.

Garage fire: One car was burnt out and two others damaged in a garage blaze near Northallerton.

Instead of resting in dressing-rooms between shows, the Girls were burnt out coping with double and tripling.

One lorry was burnt out and a fire officers car was also damaged.

This time more than 20 cars were burnt out.

be crying out for sth

The city's in trouble and is crying out for help.

Employers in all fields of endeavour were crying out for them, offering generous salaries along with an array of enticing perks.

Farms and industry are crying out for labour.

Neither parents nor politicians are crying out for radical reform of the system.

Not that any industry was crying out for buffalo products at the time.

Small businesses are crying out for workers, and poor foreigners plug a gap.

The country is crying out for leadership and all Mr Smith has to offer is a talking-shop for academics and political has-beens.

The S is crying out for them.

The system is crying out for a particular simple change.

be cut out for sth

Sam is still a life guard - he's just not cut out for a nine-to-five job.

And her work would be cut out for her.

be drawn/pulled/picked out of the/a hat

be fresh out of sth

be in the loop/be out of the loop

be in the running/out of the running

be in/out of season

be in/out of the frame (for sth)

be laughed out of court

It happens in part because our youthful efforts to cooperate in the realization of myth / truth are laughed out of court.

be on the/your way out

Platform shoes are on the way out.

All I know is that I am on my way out.

As October 18 dawned, Joe felt confident that Stilwell was on his way out.

But drive-ins are on the way out.

But if Mr Mugabe is on the way out, he has little incentive to drop his assault on the farms.

If your expenses are even one percent higher than your revenues, you are on your way out of business.

It also looks like Shutt is on his way out ... bit of a shame really.

Revue was on its way out.

The old man could be on the way out, and anyone on the way out is inevitably a centre for drama.

be out for the count

Richard was out for the count .

be out of line

In some instances, the amounts appear to be out of line with their proper share, the report says.

be out of luck

I'm afraid you're out of luck . The director has already left for the day.

It looks like we're out of luck - all the hotels are full.

We're out of luck . The store's closed.

If Social Services is low on money, the child could be out of luck .

be out of order

Every phone I tried was out of order .

Oh no, the copy machine's out of order .

Sit down Mr. Phillips! You're out of order .

Some of the pages were out of order .

The toilets are almost always out of order .

A campaign speech is out of order .

At last he called the operator and asked whether the phone was out of order .

Father, something is out of order here.

The sobbing woman is out of order , embarrassing, unreasonable.

be out of practice

I'd love to play tennis with you, but I'm really out of practice .

Sam said he's a little out of practice , but he'll play if we need him.

be out of print

Booksearch-a unique service that searches for any book that is out of print .

It received little attention at the time and then was out of print for some years.

be out of the question

Some of these families are so poor that Christmas presents are out of the question .

Defending yourself was out of the question .

Either way, it looks as though 103 Dalmatians may now be out of the question .

I guess a game of Scrabble is out of the question . 8: 55&.

Investors and analysts took that to mean a rate cut before mid-year is out of the question .

It was out of the question to put on an exhaustive exhibition, because it would have been too voluminous.

That is out of the question .

The captain said that it was out of the question .

be out of touch

I don't know what kind of music kids listen to these days -- I'm really out of touch .

The press accused MacGregor of being out of touch with the campaign he was supposed to be running.

If the average middle class white schoolchild is out of touch with the literary standard, the minority child is doubly so.

be out of your box

be out of your depth

I tried to read the report, but I was way out of my depth .

I was hopelessly out of my depth in college chemistry classes.

She was out of her depth in the advanced class, so they moved her to the intermediate class.

All went through him, and the hapless McCann, theoretically marking him, was out of his depth .

But he is out of his depth .

While the old hands somehow muddle through, novices are out of their depth within minutes.

be out of your element

Miller is completely out of her element in this sci-fi role.

Anyone watching would have known immediately that he was out of his element .

be out of your league

I was out of my league .

be out of your mind

Are you out of your mind ?

You'd be out of your mind to sell it now.

Coronado, who thought him to be out of his mind , reluctantly saw the men off.

He said I was out of my mind .

In fact, I am out of my mind , because she's in it!

The fans were out of their minds , and the din was deafening.

You must be out of your mind .

be out of your mind with worry/grief etc

be out of/off your head

be out on your ear

If you keep taking two-hour lunches, you'll be out on your ear .

He, of course, will be out on his ear .

Not at all: King went too far and was out on his ear in an overnight boardroom coup in 1968.

She was no more secure than she'd ever been - one mistake, and she'd be out on her ear !

be strung (out) along/across etc sth

Lights were strung across the promenade; around the Casino.

be tearing your hair out

Anyone else would be tearing his hair out, confronted by a pack of jabbering foreigners, but does Feargal?

be tearing/pulling your hair out

Anyone else would be tearing his hair out, confronted by a pack of jabbering foreigners, but does Feargal?

I was pulling my hair out.

be tricked out with/in sth

be washed out

The parade was washed out by heavy thunderstorms.

If the sea did not constantly encroach, the salt within them would be washed out by rain.

Leading after three rounds, the fourth was washed out without a ball being hit.

The material from the iron mortar boxes was washed out on to a screen and the oversize returned to the stamps.

The pair had played only two points, splitting them, before their match was washed out.

The tank was washed out too, and placed on a layer of polystyrene on the stand.

When Hurricane Opal slammed the town in October 1995, the normal route to the mainland was washed out.

When the first game was washed out as well.

With dollar cost averaging, the price swings are washed out.

be well out of sth

be worked out

Among the many details to be worked out is where the construction dollars would come from.

Bakker believed that dinosaur speed could, reasonably accurately enough, be worked out from the angle of the limb joints.

But surely something of this kind can be worked out.

Helms indicated payment should be withheld until the United Nations completed reforms, but said the differences could be worked out.

In Example 12 the temperature change over a time interval was to be worked out.

It is essentially something which must become part of our daily lives, and be worked out in and through them.

The compromise was worked out in huddles that went late into the night Tuesday and concluded Wednesday.

When the iron ore was worked out the township including the school would pack up and move on.

be/feel left out

The whole time I went to the youth group I felt completely left out.

A man can feel left out during pregnancy.

But some will be left out.

Can it really be left out?

Gwendolen McEwen had always felt left out when her schoolfriends went to see their grandparents, because she had none.

Had we picked Emburey, I think Willis would have been the one to be left out.

It was a testimonial to his personality that he could take his roots with him without making others feel left out.

They tried to see she didn't feel left out but Jean is very shy and sensitive.

Those waiting for Washington to successfully deal with these issues will be left out in the cold.

be/get togged up/out

The blokes all put on frocks, like, an' the chicks get togged up in strides.

be/go (out) on the razzle

be/lie/sit sprawled (out)

He was lying sprawled across the pillow leaning on his elbow, his head propped to one side, reading the letter.

His rear gunner lay sprawled dead in the back.

The next thing she knew, she was lying sprawled across the pavement.

The observer lay sprawled across his gun, his blond hair streaming romantically in the wind.

We may see a road accident but we shall never be sprawled out on the tarmacadam like that.

beat your brains out

Why should you beat your brains out fighting the environmentalists?

Seven hours of beating your brains out when you weren't feeling all that hot to begin with.

Shall we beat their brains out in court?

beat/kick etc the shit out of sb

I had to pretend, because he was beating the shit out of me.

Like in the Teamsters, where they beat the shit out of people in parking lots.

beat/knock the (living) daylights out of sb

beat/surprise/scare the hell out of sb

And I said, beats the hell out of me.

Eddie knows this, and it scares the hell out of her.

It scared the hell out of me.

Just to make the move scared the hell out of me.

Statistics like that scare the hell out of me, and they must scare a lot of CEOs too.

There is no stopping planned randomness, and that scares the hell out of us.

Today, he scares the hell out of a lot of Republicans.

Tornadoes are not fascinating to me; they scare the hell out of me.

bent out of shape

Hey, don't get all bent out of shape!

black sth ↔ out

black sth ↔ out

blow itself out

Governments were paralysed, hoping the storm would blow itself out without affecting their friends and families and favourite projects.

Next morning dawns bright and clear; the storm has blown itself out in the night.

She could do nothing but batten down the conversational hatches and wait until the storm blew itself out.

The morning of the third day, they woke up and saw the storm had blown itself out.

The storm had blown itself out, leaving the sky pearly.

The storm had blown itself out, there was only steady drizzle.

They had waited for the Darkfall to blow itself out, which it did in spectacular fashion.

This storm was not going to blow itself out in an hour - not even for him.

blow sb ↔ out

blow sb ↔ out

blow sb/sth out of the water

By then the Motown label had blown all the other record companies out of the water.

blow sth (up) out of (all) proportion

This case has been blown totally out of proportion because of the media attention.

The issue was blown far out of proportion.

blow your/sb's brains out

Hunting rabbits with hawks is surely better than blowing their brains out with shotguns.

In a few years you will blow your brains out, a bankrupt.

The bullet took him right between the eyes, blowing his brains out through the back of his head.

There was a mercury pool for losers to reflect in while they blew their brains out.

born out of wedlock

A baby born out of wedlock was a horrible sin for which there was no forgiveness.

Babies born out of wedlock are commonplace.

Long ago, an aunt told me that my grandmother wash born out of wedlock .

Unlike the synonym, MAMzer, BENKert connotes love child, not one merely born out of wedlock .

brave it out

Petey heard him trying to brave it out, rocking back and forth to make the pain subside.

She decided to brave it out and applied for permission from the Prefect of Police.

She was going to cope, to face this, to brave it out and lay a certain ghost.

break into a sweat/break out in a sweat

Even on a cold day, the old man could break into a sweat if he got beyond a full minute.

He broke into a sweat , began to tremble, and then asked if we could leave.

He was very weak and his body trembled and broke into sweats whenever he tried to sleep.

I began to break into a sweat .

I noted the Handbook clearly stated that you were not to expect the police to break into a sweat over your losses.

break out in spots/a rash/a sweat etc

bring out the best/worst in sb

Ingram always seems to bring out the best in his players.

And Vince was obviously a great coach; he brought out the best in his team and whoever played him.

But the Washington Wizards have a way of bringing out the best in their opponents.

But, says Markert, there is something about one-way communication that can also bring out the worst in people.

Campaigns seem to bring out the worst in Bob Dole.

It brings out the best in us.

Maybe something like they tend to bring out the best in us.

So, to bring out the best in your cooking make sure you use the purest soy sauce, Kikkoman Soy Sauce.

Yet it was not an unsuccessful attempt to bring out the best in his audience.

bring sb out of himself/herself

burn sth ↔ out

burst out laughing/crying/singing etc

At that point I burst out laughing.

Charles didn't respond and after a frozen pause, she collapsed into a chair and burst out crying.

He did it so cleverly that you would think it was the real thing - until he burst out laughing.

I came down the steps of the Ashbery that morning and burst out laughing at the heat.

I said and burst out crying.

Julie, surprised, burst out laughing.

The whole group bursts out laughing.

The woman and children burst out laughing again, getting up from the table and crowding round me.

buy sb out of sth

But others want to limit Washington's ability to buy its way out of its domestic obligations.

But the financing was also put to questionable use -- to buy the district out of an operating deficit.

From the time she had bought the tickets out of her savings she had not been entirely free of fear.

I bought a candle out of necessity.

She soon realises that her power over men can be used to buy her way out of the kitchen.

buy sb/sth ↔ out

by/through/out of force of habit

call sb ↔ out

call sb/sth ↔ out

check sb ↔ out

check sb/sth ↔ out

check sth ↔ out

check sth ↔ out

clean sb out

clean sb/sth out

clean sth ↔ out

clear sth ↔ out

come out in spots/a rash etc

Tell them you've come out in a rash, or something.

come out of sth/come up smelling of roses

come out of the closet

The trial brought the issue of sexual harassment out of the closet .

Once people decide to come out of the closet , it is pretty easy to do here.

come out of yourself

He comes out of himself for a time and learns about love.

come out on top

In a survey of customer preference, one model came consistently out on top .

In all action movies, the hero always comes out on top .

Usually the team with the most talent comes out on top .

Anthony Courtney's warnings welled up again, coupled with a new determination to come out on top .

Both individuals should feel they come out on top .

But Tsongas turned those views around when he came out on top , beating rival Clinton in the New Hampshire primary.

But WindowWorks comes out on top .

The hero or heroine must ultimately come out on top .

While Gladiator came out on top , the contest was far from a shoo-in.

Yet, if they are in one, most men want to come out on top .

You could sum up the event by saying a batch of first-time nominees came out on top this year.

come right out with sth/come right out and say sth

contract sth ↔ out

count sth ↔ out

crawl into/out of bed

He was so tired his bones ached; but he crawled out of bed, put on his pants and watch.

crawl/come out of the woodwork

Creativity was coming out of the woodwork .

There are wallabies crawling out of the woodwork .

cry/sing etc your heart out

After this last furlough we paid a last sad visit to the school and found a small girl crying her heart out.

Anyway, then she just sprawled on the floor and cried her heart out.

For the first time since I cried my heart out in Puerto Rico - I was crying.

March 7: I cried my heart out last night after seeing the movie High Tide.

She cried her heart out, all because of an unruly trouble-making, black-hearted child who was ripping her apart.

We would march along in step, doing eighty-eight paces to the minute, singing our hearts out.

cut it/that out

Rusty, cut it out, I'm trying to study in here.

As for refined sugar - cut it out, as much as you can.

Come on, kid, cut that out.

I liked that picture so Marie let me cut it out and stick it on the wall.

My colleague saw it and cut it out for me.

My mom cut it out and gave it to me.

Once the design has been traced, you must then cut it out very carefully with a very sharp knife.

You got ta cut that out.

You shouldn't cut it out completely.

cut sb out

cut sb ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

day out

dig sb out of trouble/a mess/a hole etc

dine out on sth

For years I dined out on these stories.

You can spend it, you can dine out on it.

do sth out of the goodness of your heart

Surely even an idiot must realise that they wouldn't donate this huge amount out of the goodness of their hearts .

drag yourself to/into/out of etc sth

I remember when I heard the rounds coming in, I dragged myself out of the hooch.

draw sb ↔ out

draw sth ↔ out

draw sth ↔ out

draw sth ↔ out

dry (sb) out

Be careful not to dry them out.

It should help dry the thing out.

It was hot, and the hills were brown and dry , laid out like a pile of kindling.

Ladle thinks that drying yourself out may be an effective antiparasite strategy, a way of purging the parasites from your body.

The lights I work under can get really hot and tend to dry it out so I have to be extra careful.

The sun on the hills would dry me out.

We are still drying them out from a recent visit to the laundry.

ease sb ↔ out

eat sb out of house and home

Our sixteen-year-old is eating us out of house and home.

eat your heart out

I just bought a new convertible. Eat your heart out, Jay.

Eric Clapton eat your heart out.

Kate is obviously eating her heart out for a colour changer and an intarsia carriage.

Keith Floyd eat your heart out!!

Pablo Picasso, eat your heart out.

Philip Schofield, eat your heart out.

The square tango had to be seen to be believed - eat your hearts out, disco dancers!

eke out a living/existence

Cliff's family worked in the cotton fields to eke out a meager living.

Again, the choice was between following the work to the factory towns or eking out an existence by labouring.

Finally came the bookshop where dear Mr Sneddles tried to eke out a living.

I was tired of eking out an existence near poverty level on my meager assistantship.

Most of them eke out a living as subsistence farmers.

Most people still live in the hinterlands of the inhabited islands eking out a living, but poverty abounds.

She continued to eke out a living based on the fading memories of her famous plunge.

The elderly eke out a living on pensions averaging from $ 50 to $ 75 monthly.

The river banks were frequently lined with curious onlookers who struggle to eke out an existence in this harsh environment.

extend/offer/hold out etc an olive branch (to sb)

fan sth ↔ out

feel/be put out

A very limited edition single was put out by Red Rhino, to promote the album it was actually unable to release.

Could they not be put out to stud?

I think it's understandable if Trevor was put out by this favoured treatment Sinatra got.

Not surprisingly they take the easy way out when food is put out for them each day.

That team was nowhere near as good as the sides Leeds are putting out now.

The match was put out for new offers and Kasparov is due to make an announcement in London on March 22.

There was no trust and everybody was putting out fires.

When you are reacting, you are putting out fires.

fill sth ↔ out

fill sth ↔ out

find sb out

flat out

Going flat out, the BMW 325 will reach a speed of 140 miles per hour.

O'Leary flat out loves teaching.

The exercise involved running flat out for two minutes and then resting for one minute.

They were working flat out to get the job done on time.

for crying out loud

It's right in front of you, for crying out loud.

A Ford sedan, the very symbol of middle-class moderation, offers electrically heated outside mirrors, for crying out loud.

Forget it, Rory, for crying out loud forget it.

Julian Tavarez is a middle reliever, for crying out loud.

The long lie is over Shake yourself for crying out loud.

When I were a lad, we used that sort of grunt in our toasters, for crying out loud.

frighten/scare the life out of sb

When, however-many years later-the script finally did arrive, two things scared the life out of me.

frighten/scare/terrify sb out of their wits

garbage in, garbage out

get a bang out of sth

She got a real bang out of seeing the kids in the school play.

get a charge out of sth

I really get a charge out of watching the kids learn.

get a rise out of sb

Bill likes to get a rise out of people, to say things just for effect.

After a while it began to sound like Bill was just growing accustomed to getting a rise out of people.

That gets a rise out of him every time.

get no change out of sb

get out of bed on the wrong side

get out of hand

It was a practical joke that got a little out of hand .

Police were called in when the situation began to get out of hand .

Pull or spray garden weeds before they get out of hand .

The costs have continued to increase, and now seem to be getting out of hand .

But eventually it became clear that things were getting out of hand .

But has the Fed failed to prevent the imbalances created by the recent boom from getting out of hand ?

Hundreds of police were poised to intervene if things got out of hand , but they did not.

My mum used to sit nearby and make sure nothing got out of hand .

Things started to get out of hand .

This was getting out of hand .

We let ourselves get out of hand .

get out of my face

get sb out

get sth out of sb

Can you imagine trying to get it out of the pot?

Chick had picked the lock on the back door before we'd even got Proteus out of the car.

Dominic used to get twenty minutes out of this kind of thing.

I love to do things for children because I get a kick out of it.

My wife, Ana, and I got married right out of college.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we can celebrate the book.

So I wanted to get the hell out of there.

get sth out of sth

Can you imagine trying to get it out of the pot?

Chick had picked the lock on the back door before we'd even got Proteus out of the car.

Come get me out of this contraption.

Dominic used to get twenty minutes out of this kind of thing.

I love to do things for children because I get a kick out of it.

My wife, Ana, and I got married right out of college.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we can celebrate the book.

So I wanted to get the hell out of there.

get sth out of your system

I couldn't get the feelings of guilt out of my system .

get sth ↔ out

get sth ↔ out

get sth ↔ out

get the hell out (of somewhere)

Tell Amy to get the hell out of my house.

But then I heard some one hollering at me, telling me to get the hell out of there.

He had already decided to move, he wanted to get the hell out of there.

I think we should get the hell out of here.

So I wanted to get the hell out of there.

The car turning in the road, getting the hell out.

The men wanted to get the hell out as fast as possible - they were concerned about survival.

Why on earth didn't I just tell Luke everything and get the hell out?

You don't wait to pick up personal belongings, you just get the hell out.

get your butt in/out/over etc

get/put sb/sth out of your mind

give out sth

give sth ↔ out

give sth ↔ out

go (right/clean) out of sb's mind

She said she was going out of her mind in California.

go all out

If Hal went all out, he could win any one of them; but that would be bad for morale.

If Lynne Perrie wants something she believes in going all out to get it.

Marketers go all out for these events.

On my last day as head of the mess Sanborn and his staff went all out.

The Bordeaux exhibition goes all out for an abundance of images.

The poplars and fireweed have gone all out for flight, compromises be damned.

Three, you went all out to persuade me to call Sandy to break the news about Ed's murder.

Well, you have to go all out for it.

go in (at) one ear and out (at) the other

It goes in one ear and out the other.

go out (of) the window

Also by definition, of course, the conventional measures of company valuation went out of the window .

But that system has long since gone out the window .

Design faults meant that each new station required major alterations; any hope of a production line quickly went out the window .

Douglas went out the window when they turned on him.

If they are barred from this, cost control could go out of the window .

Once they sniffed victory caution went out of the window .

Regular-season stuff goes out the window .

When it hit, tradition went out the window , taking with it a great many careers.

go out of your mind

I'm with the kids all day, and I'm starting to feel like I'm losing my mind .

If I have to wait in one more line, I'm going to go out of my mind .

She said she was going out of her mind in California.

go out of your way to do sth

Jennifer knew what a difficult time I was having, and went out of her way to be friendly.

They went out of their way to make me feel welcome.

When Annie arrived, Harriman went out of his way to make life pleasant for her.

And the recording industry is going out of its way to help.

How to be compassionate to their pain and go out of their way to help them?

Neither do they go out of their way to look for targets, human or otherwise.

So empty, in fact, that the United States seemed to go out of its way to insult Ismail.

This is the second time to-night she has gone out of her way to be sensitive to Oregon.

To register his annoyance, he seemed to go out of his way to ignore us.

We are going out of our way to help him with it.

go/be out like a light

She was out like a light , as soon as we put her in bed.

A minute later he went out like a light .

Either it was the brandy or it was the heat, but she went out like a light .

I went out like a light .

Something hit me on the back of the head, here, and I went out like a light .

go/be out of use

The guns are out of use and that is what matters.

gouge sb's eyes out

McLaren accused Roberts of trying to gouge his eyes out during the fight.

I just wanted to gouge his eyes out.

hang out your shingle

hang sth ↔ out

haul yourself up/out of etc sth

Annie hauls herself out of her chair, nets a shiner from the tank, and throws it out the screen door.

Next day I hauled myself out of bed, took breakfast and got into the truck about a quarter to six.

have it out (with sb)

And then, suddenly, she sees Dieter going off on his own, and decides to have it out with him.

Fretting, he thought of hurrying round to have it out with him, whatever it was.

In a flash she was off her bed and on her way to have it out with the one man responsible.

She would give Susan a little time to simmer down and then she'd go up and have it out with her.

have sb eating out of your hand

He's brilliant in job interviews -- he always manages to get the panel eating out of his hand.

I introduced Mr Wilkinson to my mother, and within minutes she had him eating out of her hand.

In a second or two a man might have these boys eating out of his hand.

have sth coming out (of) your ears

have your work cut out (for you)

Election monitors will have their work cut out.

So you have your work cut out for you.

The home team has not beaten the Scarlets for some dozen matches and should still have their work cut out to win.

They have their work cut out adapting themselves to it, and it to themselves.

They have their work cut out for them.

We have our work cut out for us.

Whoever takes on the trout farm will have their work cut out.

hire yourself out

Her brother earned his living by hiring himself out to whoever needed his services on the island.

We called technical support and reached a Florida office, a tech-support company that hires itself out to Compaq.

We thought about hiring ourselves out as sort of bespectacled human twigs for water-divining purposes.

his/her etc eyes were popping (out of his/her etc head)

hold out sth

hound sb out (of/from sth)

Do you sympathise with people who hound paedophiles out of their homes?

It hounded him out of business.

The hounds pour out like spilled milk.

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

in bounds/out of bounds

in circulation/out of circulation

in focus/out of focus

in play/out of play

Courier put only 50 percent of his first serves in play .

in shape/out of shape

in tune with sb/sth, out of tune with sb/sth

in/from/out of the wilderness

What could I have done to keep him out of the wilderness ?

in/into/out of the reckoning

in/into/out of trouble

After she calmed down she reminded me of our bargain, and of how she had stayed out of trouble all year.

Getting you out of trouble again.

Our assumption that we can build our way out of trouble is another.

She had decided at an early age that the best way to stay out of trouble was to stay out of sight.

The loyalty program he established in 1947 was the first step toward making them value caution and keeping out of trouble .

The parole system has been making efforts to keep former convicts out of trouble .

You need a captain along to keep you out of trouble .

in/out of bond

inside out

Before I hung up my jeans, I turned the pockets inside out to dry.

I put my socks on inside out by mistake.

I turned the jeans inside out to repair the hem.

She had her shirt on inside out.

The wind was so strong, it blew her umbrella inside out.

iron out the wrinkles

it will all come out in the wash

keep a watch out for sb/sth

keep an eye open/out (for sb/sth)

Always keeping an eye out in case of thieves.

And we had to keep an eye open for police patrols.

For months, he kept an eye out.

He will keep an eye out, but he can not promise anything.

Male speaker All you got to do is keep an eye open and watch the break lights.

Though he works hard with all the kids, he keeps an eye out for the special ones.

Valueoriented consumers should keep an eye out for the name FabreMontmayou.

keep your nose out (of sth)

Keep your nose out of my business!

You keep your nose out, you hear me?

kick out the jams

kick the shit out of sb

knock sb out

I needed something to knock me out - it was the only way to escape from the pain.

knock sb ↔ out

knock sb/sth ↔ out

knock sth ↔ out

knock sth ↔ out

knock the bottom out of sth

A recession would knock the bottom out of corporate profits.

knock the stuffing out of sb

knock yourself out

A koala, who was the loser in a treetop fight, fell 10m and knocked himself out.

He used the family umbrella as a parachute, fell on his head, and knocked himself out.

His head collided with a table on the way down and he knocked himself out.

I knock myself out to get him a pencil and he makes fun.

I think he knocked himself out, or something.

If you knock yourself out you could slip under the water and drown.

You simply want something so much that you knock yourself out to get it.

Your parents have knocked themselves out for you.

know sth inside out

As he was a thoroughly professional journalist, he already knew the media inside out.

He stutters, but he caddied for me for five years and he knows the game inside out.

I know this one Inside out!

Of course, if everyone knew their partners inside out, there's a good chance no-one would ever plight their troth.

Start off by adding every email address you know, and click on all the options until you know it inside out.

They know their stuff inside out, but most importantly they also look like they are having a whale of a time.

know sth inside out

As he was a thoroughly professional journalist, he already knew the media inside out.

He stutters, but he caddied for me for five years and he knows the game inside out.

I know this one Inside out!

Of course, if everyone knew their partners inside out, there's a good chance no-one would ever plight their troth.

Start off by adding every email address you know , and click on all the options until you know it inside out.

They know their stuff inside out, but most importantly they also look like they are having a whale of a time.

know/find out/learn etc sth to your cost

leave it out!

leave sb out in the cold

These trade negotiations have left farmers out in the cold .

let it all hang out

Each time you let it all hang out, you lower your threshold for doing it again.

My face resembled the back of one of those baboons who let it all hang out at mating time.

Now you can anonymously let it all hang out online.

Was it possible to go too far, or should he just let it all hang out?

We let it all hang out.

let out sth

let sth ↔ out

let sth ↔ out

let the cat out of the bag

I'm sorry. Jim knows about last week's party. I'm afraid I let the cat out of the bag.

Some idiot's let the cat out of the bag -- Mrs Simpson realizes there's something going on.

Inadvertently perhaps, the BiE report lets the cat out of the bag.

let the genie out of the bottle

level sth ↔ off/out

like a bat out of hell

I drove like a bat out of hell to the hospital.

They took off like a bat out of hell for Tan Son Nhut.

like getting blood out of a stone

like it's going out of fashion

She's been spending money like it's going out of fashion .

live out sth

live out your life

Egalitarian Rousseau lived out his life as the spoilt plaything of eccentric aristocrats.

He began teaching philosophy at Harvard in 1882 and lived out his life as an eastern intellectual.

John Morton lived out his life in Darvel, always respected by the people of the Irvine Valley.

Our comfort is this: We will live out our lives enchanted by Claire, her spell never broken.

She will find a way to live out her life without gangster Jackie.

There, side by side, Amelia and Mary Ann would live out their lives.

look out for number one

We manoeuvre in the world constantly looking out for Number One.

look out!

Look out! You almost hit that cat!

make a big deal of/out of/about sth

But Vassar taught me that I could do whatever I wanted to do without making a big deal out of it.

make a big thing of/about/out of sth

It was Arbor Day, and their teacher, Miss Ellis, made a big thing out of it.

make a drama out of sth

make a joke (out) of sth

My mother always makes a joke of everything.

He makes a joke of the injury because, at 59, it is an inconvenience rather than a disaster.

I'd made a joke of it.

That readiness to make a joke of life had been temporarily eclipsed.

We made a joke of it, the way Charles always came loaded with books on some new subject.

You had your own reasons for making the call, and why not make a joke out of it?

make a meal (out) of sth

A bird that thought so and decided to make a meal of it would quickly die.

Although he made a meal of applying the finish, the ball eventually finished in the net.

And make a meal of the soccer, with Swindon verses West Ham in the live match on Sunday.

Bruce Davidson was making a meal of explaining a straight forward case essentially because he was trying to impress Catherine Crane.

By the marks in the sand, it had been felled by a falcon, which made a meal of its flesh.

Looking for a creative way to make a meal out of leftover scraps of ham, turkey or pork roast?

The police would go through the motions, but they wouldn't make a meal of it.

You realise then, well enough, that making a meal of plants can demand both skill and knowledge.

make a monkey (out) of sb

make a mountain out of a molehill

She was only five minutes late! You're making a mountain out of a molehill.

make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

make an honest woman (out) of sb

If dishonoured her, must then make an honest woman of her?

make an issue (out) of sth

There's nothing wrong with your hair, so stop making an issue out of it.

For example, the government might make an issue of 100,000 ninety-one-day bills, each at a discount of 1,000.

He would make an issue of his right to certain beliefs.

However, do not make an issue of refusing a drink.

I have not chosen to make an issue of such distinctions here.

The secretary of state occasionally complains in public about this; no other official makes an issue of it.

Try not to make an issue of it, Dubner said.

make capital from/out of sth

make out a case (for sth)

Both sides could make out a case that they deserved to win and should have been awarded penalties.

Perhaps she should stay and try and make out a case for herself.

make out like a bandit

Insurance companies always make out like bandits.

Salomon Brothers and my customer made out like bandits.

make sb ↔ out

make sb/sth ↔ out

make sth ↔ out

make sth ↔ out

make sth ↔ out

make the most of sth/get the most out of sth

max sth ↔ out

miles out

Four miles out, turn left down a track.

Once, when dusk caught us miles out in the country, an old couple took us in for the night.

Spurn is a long thin peninsula, jutting three-and-a-half miles out from the North Humberside mainland.

Terry and Ian Whelan were six miles out to sea off Southport's coast when they dropped the compass.

The islands in the channel looked grim and deserted, twenty-six miles out.

Three miles out from Scheffau is the beautiful Hintersteinersee lake, where you can swim, picnic or just enjoy the scenery.

We lost the last of the press about thirty miles out of the city.

We were five miles out of Sabinal in the cotton fields and grape vineyards.

miss sb/sth ↔ out

nine times out of ten

Nine times out of ten I just skip breakfast and have a coffee.

Nine times out of ten we can beat them, but last night they creamed us.

Nine times out of ten, jobs that become vacant are filled from inside the organization.

nine times out of ten/99 times out of 100 etc

not be out of the wood(s) yet

not have a hair out of place

He sat at his desk, not a hair out of place, and turning a pencil over in his hand.

He seemed stern and austere and never had a hair out of place.

Joel never has a hair out of place.

not let sb out of your sight

Stay here, and don't let the baby out of your sight .

on the/your way out

A group of soldiers pushed past him on their way out.

Alive three years ago, now all of them gone or on their way out.

But drive-ins are on the way out.

I fixed an interview time with Sylvia on my way out. 7 Emily Lightbody came back to work the following Monday.

It also looks like Shutt is on his way out ... bit of a shame really.

She hadn't merely failed to notice it on her way out.

The old man could be on the way out, and anyone on the way out is inevitably a centre for drama.

You would carry this in your sock and give it back to the man, reclaiming your clothes on your way out.

out cold

He must have hit his head pretty hard. He's out cold .

At first I thought he must be out cold .

He stood outside the door and cried and then went and drank until he was out cold .

I crawled out cold , cramped, and feeling sick - to a world that seemed to have disappeared altogether.

The gunman lay on the floor, out cold in a puddle of wine.

The impact was so sudden and so fierce, it knocked me out cold .

The tarmac of the road Is velvet with sleep, the hills are out cold .

out east

out front

As a civil rights leader, he was always out front .

Molly is very out front in talking about her mistakes.

Now what's going on out front ?

There's a station wagon waiting out front .

But then that funny copper, Malpass, had known I'd been out front on Sunday.

Her flowers out front may have changed but little else has, it would appear.

I left the car out front and climbed the wide marble steps to the entrance hall.

I stayed out front hoping to get another look at the girl if she came out.

Should they stop because the people out front were drowning everything coming from the stage?

That the police chief was parked out front ?

There was some kind of commotion out front .

out loud

out of (all) proportion

Athletes are a mirror of society, even if sometimes their images are blown out of proportion .

Like the cabalistic use of hints and allusions, it achieves results seemingly out of proportion to the measures employed.

Likewise, the scare associated with the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island was blown out of proportion .

So far, the intensity of these controversies is all out of proportion to the seriousness of the suspected offenses.

The paranoia's got out of proportion .

The scare has been blown out of proportion , said John Marchello, professor of animal science at the University of Arizona.

We mustn't get things out of proportion .

With men it's totally out of proportion .

out of action

A few moments later the two photographers came sheepishly to tell me that the video camera was out of action .

I dropped my M 16 into the mud and was out of action for a few minutes.

She sustained a mild concussion in the game against the Xplosion, and was held out of action .

These were strategic points: a bombed bridge could put the line out of action for as long as a year.

out of bounds

Another time he was knocked out of bounds .

Has he gone too far out of bounds to get back on course?

Maryland and McGlockton hit Lane again after a few more yards, sending him flying out of bounds .

On its next possession, Southern Utah turned the ball over on a pass out of bounds .

Red takes the ball out of bounds and passes to Eddie.

Sellers, 27, of Truckee, was out of bounds .

The fall led to a five-tenths automatic deduction, and each foot out of bounds counted one-tenth of a point.

out of commission

My knee injury put me out of commission for two weeks.

The car's insured, but it's out of commission and I need to get to work.

It looked as if I was going to be out of commission for another extended period of time.

Of the 88 locomotives on the Malha Oeste line, 35 are out of commission awaiting repairs or spare parts.

The malformed blood vessels of one side of the brain essentially put both sides of the brain out of commission .

The mortuary was out of commission because its doors needed oiling and maintenance.

Three of the four water wells are out of commission .

Track 13 in front was out of commission , with its people on the ground, prone, in firing positions.

With Mulligan out of commission in 195: 3, Baker formed his own quartet, which lasted three years.

out of contention

out of doors

After all, animals lived out of doors naturally.

For everyone else out of doors it was an ordinary afternoon in la perla de la septentrion.

It can provide a place to play with toys and games and swings and slides, both in and out of doors .

More and more people have come out of doors .

New energy and resolve erupted from the simple act of moving their tiny toys out of doors !

Then out of doors went the parade, and through gate after gate again.

They fed him, covered him when he was out of doors and kept him warm when he was within.

They went without a flashlight, as the Managuans do if they are out of doors when the lights go out.

out of earshot

As soon as the guards were out of earshot , Grimes explained his plans.

The social worker wanted to talk to the children out of earshot of their parents.

The only way we could communicate was between ourselves when our teachers were out of earshot .

The river fell out of earshot .

out of hand

But eventually it became clear that things were getting out of hand .

But has the Fed failed to prevent the imbalances created by the recent boom from getting out of hand ?

But with Estrada, if the allegations are believed, it all seemed to get out of hand .

Doherty left after behind-the-scenes differences and off-the-set growing pains got out of hand .

Hundreds of police were poised to intervene if things got out of hand , but they did not.

I knew things were getting a little out of hand .

This was getting out of hand .

Today, we would reject a proposed Bill of Rights out of hand .

out of harm's way

Move valuable objects out of harm's way when children are visiting.

out of humour

out of joint

The climate seems out of joint .

out of keeping (with sth)

This ambitious and cumbersome attraction was totally out of keeping with the Niagara ambience, but Barnett persisted.

out of kilter/off kilter

out of phase (with sth)

But his self-image had become so out of phase with reality that he wanted to shoot his own leg.

Stephen Legate looked out of phase in the unison tableaux.

We were out of phase with the usual nighttime crowd.

out of place

I felt totally out of place at Cindy's wedding.

Look at that! You got all of my notes out of place !

A Yakut tribesman was out of place in Irkutsk.

He's a bit out of place here.

Oseary later attended Beverly Hills High, where he felt out of place among the rich kids.

Shakespeare in Love could seem out of place here-but it reinforces this process in other ways.

She says that it looks a bit out of place in Charlton Kings.

Still, his philosophy of government would not have been out of place in the Soviet Communist era.

We would therefore have felt out of place wearing business suits.

out of plumb

out of pocket

But if he lost, he was out of pocket a million bucks.

Expenses are all out of pocket .

In which case, savers and investors end up out of pocket .

Some one, at some stage, is going to end up seriously out of pocket as a result.

The law required Polly to establish that Peter's activities had left her out of pocket .

out of sight

But out of sight the roots from which they grow are spreading rapidly.

Daley sat in the house, out of sight , but giving orders to the corner police station by phone.

First, the cost of these activities began to escalate out of sight .

I do not think it took us longer than that to get out of range and out of sight .

I was trying to burrow out of sight .

My old friend: in no time at all she was round the corner and out of sight .

The drip pan underneath the refrigerator is out of sight , so special effort must be made to clean it.

out of sight, out of mind

I tucked it in the back of a drawer, figuring out of sight , out of mind.

out of sorts

Mandy explained that she'd been feeling out of sorts and had overreacted.

But he was out of work and out of sorts .

Only Nina was out of sorts .

Paul Miller is feeling a bit out of sorts .

Quinn returned home that evening out of sorts .

Would he remain out of sorts as he struggled to readjust to Test rugby?

out of step

And as much as he was out of step with me, he seemed inept with what used to be our world.

At the outset of his presidency, Mitterand was a leader seemingly out of step with the rightward drift of the West.

For by the spring of 1992, Holy Trinity was dramatically out of step with the Vatican.

He seemed dazed, out of step , like a first-time traveler to a treacherous land.

I always was out of step with my generation.

It is out of step with changes in industry.

Or rather, we were out of step by being a little ahead, and a little behind.

To watch the ceaseless spinning for too long made you feel sick and dizzy and a bit out of step with everything else.

out of sync (with sth/sb)

And still it was out of sync .

Much like the 49ers, the Dallas offense has been out of sync all year.

That takes yourself right out of sync .

The result is a cumbersome set of reimbursement rules that can be out of sync with economic realities.

out of the Ark

out of the blue

Do you remember Jane? Well, she phoned me yesterday, completely out of the blue .

One evening, Angela phoned me out of the blue and said she was in some kind of trouble.

Out of the blue , he asked me to come with him to Europe.

She told me, out of the blue , that she was going to live in New York.

Symptoms of the disease often appear out of the blue .

And now here was a shiny new fence, built out of the blue while our backs were turned.

Even with a mysterious ex-lover who had turned up out of the blue after more than sixteen years' absence.

It came to me out of the blue .

It was totally out of the blue .

Now you turn up out of the blue talking about us like we were a Lionel Ritchie lyric.

The pair are travelling in their caravan when a sinister family pitches up out of the blue .

Then, too, his thinking had hardly dropped out of the blue .

They just came around, out of the blue , to try and hurt me.

out of the frying pan and into the fire

out of the goodness of sb's heart

Surely even an idiot must realise that they wouldn't donate this huge amount out of the goodness of their hearts.

out of the mouths of babes (and sucklings)

out of the picture

As Neta faded out of the picture , he faded in.

Glen had told me she dropped out of the picture after the accident, but she might remember something from that period.

If you live long enough on South Vermont, you begin to feel not just excluded but out of the picture entirely.

Sharif is out of the picture , unable to return for 10 years under his exile agreement.

She kept walking out of the picture and coming back.

She walked out of the picture and then came back.

Wedemeyer quickly proved that many of these troubles could be addressed with Stilwell out of the picture .

With Oliver Ingraham out of the picture , things would be as they should have been.

out of the way

Get out of my way .

Good. Now that's out of the way , we can start working.

The house is a little out of the way , but you should be able to find it.

Workers were unable to push the car out of the way .

Get your ego out of the way and start convincing and not giving orders.

Given the quick nature of the divorce proceedings, it appears most of the hard negotiations are out of the way .

He told police it was too dark to tell whether the woman attempted to get out of the way .

I could see the marshalls getting everybody out of the way .

It is clear that the problem is to get the card out of the way .

Mr Gubbay had already agreed to take early retirement in June but the government wants him out of the way before then.

Presumably not much time will be wasted with recriminations since Wimbledon got those out of the way when they sacked Egil Olsen.

Richie quickly moved out of the way , and Donald lifted a box down.

out of thin air

He found rhymes irresistible, and produced them out of thin air, just for the fun of it.

Ray picks a number out of thin air -- generally below wholesale -- and the deal is done.

The juice landed on the floor like a red bubbly snake, a bad omen suddenly materializing out of thin air.

out of this world

He has to be from out of this world to spring all that on me.

out of true

The doorway was out of true .

out of tune

The guitar was badly out of tune .

It went out of tune very easily.

The beds on Disturbed are all out of tune , too taut or too loose.

out of whack

The printer is out of whack again.

And they are out of whack , Lovelock was to find out, because of the curious accumulative effects of coevolution.

Here you can discover exactly how out of whack your daily holiday intake actually was.

In the fourth round of the Catalonia Open, the elements threw all our figuring out of whack .

That things were out of whack .

The mixture of gases in the atmosphere of the Earth are way out of whack .

This is 180 degrees out of whack .

out of your shell

Middleschoolers, their teachers tell me, are as endearing as chicks just pecking out of their shells .

Mones, for example, began peeking out of his shell of mortification.

out of/from left field

Some of the griping comes out of left field.

When something like this comes out of left field at you....

While he used more complex sentences consistently, some of them seemed to come out of left field.

out of/from nowhere

Anyway, Jimmy had phoned me a few weeks earlier out of nowhere and asked if I could do him a favor.

Giant amphipods, the size of rats, appear out of nowhere to nibble on the remains.

Gilbert reappeared, sans Bob, but accompanied by Kevin who had materialized out of nowhere .

Husbands would wander; a car would appear out of nowhere .

I got to be careful - cars just suddenly come out from nowhere and it's easy to have an accident.

She saw it fly out from nowhere , its wings flashing black, then white.

While Paul's dilemma came out of nowhere .

out on a limb

And the only way you're going to fail is if you get out on a limb .

Breaking new ground often requires going out on a limb .

But going out on a limb is one thing-this is going out on a twig, going out ona leaf.

But only a purely wild man went out on a limb of four or five minutes.

It was about ninety pounds and he went out on a limb for it, too.

Junior was out on a limb .

She was a chameleon, out on a limb , and had chosen a difficult camouflage.

Until you came along, Century House was right out on a limb .

out to lunch

And he has learned he still needs to go out to lunch occasionally, just to feel part of the business world.

Fisher took him out to lunch afterward.

Having explained carefully to Willis what he was about to do, Richard invited Pinkie out to lunch .

He looked out to lunch - Mr and Mrs Sanity were clearly not at home to callers.

I would be nice to her, see her, take her out to lunch .

Round the bend, out to lunch .

Two or three are always missing, out to lunch , or in the john, or wandering around the building.

We're going out to lunch or what?

out west

out/up the wazoo

A portable vacuum cleaner is most helpful for sand up the wazoo . 2.

pass sth ↔ out

pay out (sth)

How long will the policy pay out?

If the stock does not pay out any dividends, this space will be left blank in the newspaper table.

It would be paying out more than it was earning.

Over two years this pays out 3 per cent tax-free, plus the rate of inflation.

Rather than paying out subsidies, the Government now receives substantial annual taxation receipts.

The investee corporation must pay corporate taxes on its income before paying out dividends-this is the first tax.

The total amount paid out each year by Elf's subsidiaries was about $ 60m.

You may already have life insurance, but that will usually only pay out if you die.

pay out (sth)

How long will the policy pay out?

If the stock does not pay out any dividends, this space will be left blank in the newspaper table.

It would be paying out more than it was earning.

Over two years this pays out 3 per cent tax-free, plus the rate of inflation.

Rather than paying out subsidies, the Government now receives substantial annual taxation receipts.

The investee corporation must pay corporate taxes on its income before paying out dividends-this is the first tax.

The total amount paid out each year by Elf's subsidiaries was about $ 60m.

You may already have life insurance, but that will usually only pay out if you die.

pay sth ↔ out

peg sth ↔ out

peg sth ↔ out

pluck sth out of the air

price yourself out of the market

puff out your cheeks/chest

Gillespie's cheeks puffed out as he blew into his bent-bell trumpet.

pull out all the stops

Fred's pulling out all the stops for his daughter's wedding.

If we pull out all the stops we should still be able to meet our deadline.

They gave me a great leaving party - they really pulled out all the stops .

CafÄ Pinot is pulling out all the stops with its four-course aphrodisiac menu.

Judith Milner, a Healthcare consultant from Leeds pulls out all the stops when it comes to selling the range of services.

Lott pulled out all the stops .

Miss Pickering's pulled out all the stops this time.

Soap bosses pulled out all the stops so football fever could infect Albert Square.

There were occasions when Bloomsbury House pulled out all the stops on behalf of children who were clearly gifted - usually in the arts.

We pulled out all the stops and gave the company a response in record time.

pull the rug (out) from under sb/sb's feet

pull/get your finger out

You could easily finish your essay if you just sit down and pull your finger out!

So, come on shoe companies, pull your finger out, deliver the goods you advertise.

pump sth ↔ out

punch sb out

punch sb's lights out

push sth out of your mind

push the boat out

Leaving Joe and his son to return to Fancy, we pushed the boat out to sea and ploughed down to Richmond.

put out feelers

Their intelligence agency, the Kempeitai, put out feelers to nationalists like Ngo Dinh Diem.

put out feelers

Their intelligence agency, the Kempeitai, put out feelers to nationalists like Ngo Dinh Diem.

put sb out

Are you sure you don't mind picking the children up from school? I don't want to put you out.

I hope I'm not putting you out, but I need someone to stay in the office at lunchtime today.

put sb out

put sb out

put sb out to grass

put sb's nose out of joint

put sth ↔ out

put sth ↔ out

put sth ↔ out

put sth ↔ out

put sth ↔ out

put sth/sb out of their misery

put sth/sb out to pasture

put your back out

put your hand/foot/arm out

Everyone puts his hand out, from cabinet ministers to loan underwriters.

He put his hand out and there was Lily, quiet and warm beside him.

He put his hand out, touching his father's cheek.

Minna put her hands out and I handed her the divorce.

She tottered, and put her arms out.

Vern put his hand out this time.

When she put her hand out, trying to rise, she skittled a row of bottles.

put your tongue out

Donaldson fought the urge to put his tongue out.

I put my tongue out at them as far as it would go.

put yourself out

I wouldn't want to put yourself out just for me.

A lot of people round here have put themselves out for me.

Also, I was not keen on the prospect of putting myself out without desire.

As if her father's interminable complaints were not enough, nomatterhow she put herself out to please him.

I bad to ask around and write letters and put myself out to make it happen.

Kept Ireland out of the war, but that doesn't mean he's putting himself out for your people.

Mauve put himself out in all sorts of ways - a highly irritable man who could be expansively generous.

They put themselves out of reach.

You got ta put yourself out, at risk.

ring out the Old Year

roll out the red carpet

Practically lies down and purrs ... Well it's nice to roll out the red carpet, isn't it?

roll out the red carpet/give sb the red carpet treatment

roll sth ↔ out

roll sth ↔ out

roll sth ↔ out

run out of steam

Gail started the project with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but at some point she just ran out of steam.

The home team seemed to run out of steam well before the game was over.

Fuel protest runs out of steam A national protest by truckers demanding cheaper fuel turned out to be a low-key affair.

His passion is to say if the constitutional model has run out of steam, change it.

Mr Chuan was perceived to have run out of steam.

The Damascus government has run out of steam after 30 years in power.

The market rallied early in 1995, but then ran out of steam.

run out of steam

Fuel protest runs out of steam A national protest by truckers demanding cheaper fuel turned out to be a low-key affair.

His passion is to say if the constitutional model has run out of steam , change it.

Mr Chuan was perceived to have run out of steam .

The Damascus government has run out of steam after 30 years in power.

The market rallied early in 1995, but then ran out of steam .

run out the clock/kill the clock

run sb out of town

Or at least run them out of town.

run sb ↔ out

sb can dish it out but they can't take it

sb's eyes are out on stalks

sb's eyes popped (out of their head)

sb's heart goes out to sb

My heart goes out to them.

You poor little dear - my heart goes out to you, waiting all this time.

scare/frighten the (living) daylights out of sb

see sth out of the corner of your eye

Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a man running out of the store.

see sth ↔ out

see/find out how the land lies

see/find out what sb is (really) made of

send out for sth

What do you say we send out for Chinese?

A draft circular was sent out for comment in mid-1980.

At noon he would send out for a sandwich and coffee.

Did he really have all that in the kitchen or had she sent out for it?

Do make sure that every job that gets sent out for setting has a full specification and requirements sheet with it.

Mrs Thatcher agreed to allow the Report to be sent out for consultation, but asked for one alteration.

Privy seals were sent out for forced loans from about 1590.

We will send out for fish and chips.

You are not sent out for company but to annoy each other.

send sth ↔ out

send sth/sb ↔ out

set out on sth

After organising a group of locals and a dugout canoe, we set out on the week-long journey to Iau.

But Charlie also sets out on a series of scandalous liaisons and unfortunate marriages with very young girls.

But long before that jalopy set out on Route 66, the wild oat had done its landscape-altering work.

Details of the amounts due to be billed and the properties concerned are set out on the attached sheet for your information.

Details of the Company's principal subsidiary and associated undertakings are set out on page 47.

In the end the woman chooses to renounce both men and sets out on her own path.

Its founders were clinging to the wreckage, not setting out on a brave new voyage.

The most obvious source of the necessary electrical energy would be solar panels set out on the lunar surface.

set sth ↔ out

set sth ↔ out

shake sth ↔ out

shake sth ↔ out

shape up or ship out

shoot it out (with sb)

He figured he stood better chances shooting it out with federal agents who had more firepower.

The basin funnels the wind and shoots it out over this ridge.

shut out sb

shut sb out

shut sb/sth ↔ out

shut sth ↔ out

sign sb ↔ out

sign sth ↔ out

sing out (sth)

A fairly neutral background will make any small splash of colour sing out with particular vibrancy and significance.

And the tower is the centre of attention every May morning when the choir sings out across the rooftops.

George sang out for us to look up ahead, that here come just what we been looking for.

Gougére for supper, she sang out: Thérèse, find the recipe for me.

Moments later we passed the stump of a tower, and the student sang out the date it was built: 1170.

Soon the chain was singing out through the foliage, cutting empty avenues through the greenery.

The occasional mighty line sings out, but on the whole it just tells a good story extremely well.

Together the band of women wailed and sang out, beating cymbals and drums.

slog it out

Byron was my hero and they've been slogging it out ever since.

The answer is that you would have to slog it out all the way from London to Baghdad.

slug it out

Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been slugging it out in the cola wars for years.

He at least was ready to slug it out to the bitter end.

The uniformed cops and a couple of detectives were watching their superiors slug it out.

These two sides would slug it out, and a practical solution would emerge somewhere between the two positions.

They decided to go outside and slug it out but Swanson stopped them, saying they would draw too much attention.

They hardly looked ready to slug it out in a Test series, but at least they had a victory under their belts.

They lose a night's sleep slugging it out.

Two new novels about cavemen are slugging it out in bookstores.

sort itself out

Childhood problems and anxieties have a habit of sorting themselves out.

This situation is not going to sort itself out. We have to do something.

At present, Ann led and Megan followed, but that would sort itself out in the long run.

Expect more bobbing and weaving while this one sorts itself out.

Inside the gulf of Pagasai, the disorganized Persian armament was sorting itself out and re-numbering.

Instead, they would rely on decentralized, uncontrolled life to sort itself out and come to some self-enhancing harmony.

Life has a funny way of sorting itself out.

The seating problem more or less sorted itself out.

The situation will sort itself out when the city reopens Navy Pier, the fair's preferred location.

They hope that it will sort itself out with time - it is even more difficult to ask a second time.

speak out of turn

Wagner spoke out of turn when he said the election would be delayed.

Captain Steve Waugh had sharp words with Buchanan, telling him he had spoken out of turn.

speak/talk out of turn

I hope I'm not speaking out of turn , but I don't think this is the best way to proceed.

Also this week: Ben and Mandy talk out of turn while Luke is listening.

Captain Steve Waugh had sharp words with Buchanan, telling him he had spoken out of turn .

He enjoys talking out of turn .

spin sth ↔ out

spin sth ↔ out

spit it out

Come on Jean, spit it out!

I spit it out and flick it from my eyes.

I started regular water changes, and one fish now eats a little, but the other one spits it out.

It tastes horrible and I spit it out.

Once you have swirled the wine around your tastebuds, spit it out into a lined bucket.

She rolled the liquefying spinach into her cheek she could not spit it out.

Then I taste a small specimen, closely observing its flavor, smell, texture, and bite before spitting it out.

They just chewed it up and spit it out, foaming rubber at the mouth.

You always had to spit it out and shove it down the back of some chair.

spread sth ↔ out

spread sth ↔ out

spy out the land

Certainly he would have gone down there alone to spy out the land and check on his property.

She enticed into her house the party Odysseus dispatched to spy out the land, and there she changed them into swine.

squeeze sth out of sb

See if you can squeeze more information out of them.

He keeps delaying matters so he can squeeze more money out of me.

Her shoulders shook, her mouth compressed; she knotted her fingers and squeezed the blood out of them.

Only after Sinatra squeezes every drop out of the last note does the kid exit the car.

She squeezed something out of a tube and applied it to his lip.

They pushed and squeezed their way out of the jute field.

stake (out) a claim

Both countries have staked a claim to the islands.

Griffey has already staked a claim to this year's Most Valuable Player award.

He may have staked a claim for a regular place, particularly if Steven Gerrard is not fit.

In the last six months, two fledgling dirt-shirt companies have staked claims to this earthy enterprise.

It is another chance for Beagrie to stake a claim in his helter - skelter Goodison career.

It was in her desperate kisses, the way she clutched at him, her hands roving possessively, staking out claims.

Others will have already staked a claim with tripods and telescopes.

Oxford blew their chance to stake a claim in the promotion race.

We staked claim to the two-man tents set on a steep slope in the rain forest.

Weedy horrors Weeds are opportunists, quick to stake a claim for any vacant patch of ground they find.

stay out of sth

Stay out of this, Ben - it's none of your business.

After she calmed down she reminded me of our bargain, and of how she had stayed out of trouble all year.

He should stay out of the criminal justice system.

Hey, staying out of Dogpatch is motivation enough for any sane person.

I did my best to stay out of the politics.

In exchange, Harris gets up to 32 percent of Panopticom's stock and promises to stay out of Auerbach's hair.

Switzer is regarded as a figurehead who basically just stays out of the way.

Through it all, Daley stayed out of sight.

We stay out of the kitchen in the mornings while she is getting ready to go to work.

step out of line

The boss is very tough on anyone who steps out of line.

The prisoners were warned that if they stepped out of line they would be severely punished.

He's not going to step out of line unnecessarily.

stick it out

I'm going to stick it out just to prove to him that I can do it.

A few have stuck it out when it might have been better for all concerned if they had resigned.

But he does know something about sticking it out.

I stuck it out the window, pointed it at the garage, and clicked it.

I did not persuade or influence him; he intended all along to stick it out until the end.

I knew she had to come to me each time, it was just a case of sticking it out.

Oh well, I've stuck it out so far.

She stuck it out for half an hour, feeling the thuds that Ben made vibrate through the car.

She said she'd stuck it out with my father all these years, just for my sake.

stick out to sb/stick out in sb's mind

stick out/stand out a mile

stick your neck out

Look, I'll stick my neck out and say it'll be finished by tomorrow evening.

The evidence is good, but I won't stick my neck out until all the data is in.

And many economists are reluctant to stick their necks out.

He'd stuck his neck out all right, but not as much as he'd led Holman to believe.

I want to stick my neck out and help her.

It was a place for people who wanted to stick their necks out.

Let Bixby stick his neck out for once, he thought as he stared wearily at his folded hands.

She listened to his ideas, had even stuck her neck out to champion some of his more radical plans.

So I have decided to stick my neck out and to make some predictions for the next 30 years.

You don't have to stick your neck out in meetings.

stick/stand out like a sore thumb

You can't come to the restaurant dressed in jeans. You'd stick out like a sore thumb.

For these reasons feminist values stand out like a sore thumb.

Having a whole batch together should make an odd one stick out like a sore thumb.

Having said that, in some of the bits of Shoreditch I passed through I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I mean, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

There's no cover, and - as happened to me - any stranger sticks out like a sore thumb.

We stand out like sore thumbs.

You stick out like a sore thumb in that ghastly uniform, Charles.

straighten sth ↔ out

stretch sth ↔ out

strike out on your own

It feels great to strike out on your own and find a job and a place to live.

After problems in obtaining components, Comart struck out on its own, producing its Comart Communicator, a small business computer.

And I was beginning to feel I wanted to strike out on my own.

But she was right: it is time for him to strike out on his own.

Glover was afraid Paul was going to strike out on his own with that suitcase, with that hat on his head.

I found that I could quickly discard the handbook in favour of striking out on my own and was quite satisfied with the results.

Or should I throw off all restraints and strike out on my own?

So why not strike out on your own?

The time was finally ripe, they decided, to strike out on their own.

strike sth ↔ out

strike sth ↔ out

style it out

take a leaf out of sb's book

take a lot out of you/take it out of you

take sb out of themselves

Ain't you ever heard of taking people out of themselves?

take sb ↔ out

take sb/sth ↔ out

take sth ↔ out

take sth ↔ out

take sth ↔ out

take the easy way out

Too many people take the easy way out of financial trouble by declaring bankruptcy.

But these days, if it looks as if it's going to be nasty, I take the easy way out.

Fishwick, however, does not take the easy way out.

Not surprisingly they take the easy way out when food is put out for them each day.

This healthy, realistic fear helps the organization resist the temptation to take the easy way out of a problematic situation.

take the mickey (out of sb)

Abu Salim was a pain, which is why it was such a relief to take the mickey out of him.

He and his friend Keith took the mickey out of the rich.

I liked it because he was taking the mickey out of himself.

They would take the mickey out of me with sickening enthusiasm.

We take the mickey out of Mr Brown quite a lot, actually.

You could trust him not to take the mickey , or to turn round and bite your head off.

You guys take the mickey , and call me Count.

take the piss (out of sb/sth)

take the wind out of sb's sails

Last night's defeat has taken some of the wind out of the team's sails.

take the words (right) out of sb's mouth

take time out (to do sth)

A: I am going to take time out and go to college.

Actress Beverley D'Angelo is taking time out from her screen career to perform a risqué country set across the Bible belt.

At the product's launch, the company took time out to damn 3Com's boundary routing scheme with faint praise.

Despite his increasingly hectic schedule, Haden graciously took time out to be interviewed about the Quartet and the Jazzfest tour.

I shall take time out to call at Aurae Phiala.

If you actually worked for Jobs, he took time out from preaching the Mac gospel to meddle in your life.

Nurses in Training Questions: Do nurse teachers take time out to discuss their teaching methods with their peers?

The 73-year-old Republican standard-bearer took time out of his busy campaign schedule last week to search for those roots.

take/quote sth out of context

Jennings accused the program of quoting him out of context .

By confusing unrelated issues and taking information out of context , you do readers a great disservice.

This has been taken completely out of context .

talk your way out of sth

How did Cindy talk her way out of getting a speeding ticket?

He was explaining something to the police with no apparent concern, talking his way out of it.

I could talk my way out of trouble.

Then, Benjamin tries to talk his way out of it by saying that he slowed down at the stop sign.

tear sb's heart (out)/tear at sb's heart

the bottom drops/falls out of the market

the ins and outs of sth

I can't tell you all the ins and outs of the situation over the phone, I'll write to you next week.

I found I needed to spend quite a while learning all the ins and outs of the system.

the jury is (still) out on sth

the knives are out (for sb)

The service is in ferment at the moment, the knives are out.

the odd man/one out

I was always the odd man out in my class at school.

And Joe Bowie remains the odd man out, uncoupled at the end.

At each stage of the story, Britain has been the odd man out.

He was the odd one out in a gifted family.

Others are widowed or divorced, and hate being the odd one out among friends who are all couples.

Unless Spencer is traded, the latter seems to be the odd man out despite showing improvement in the preseason.

Which of the following grape varieties is the odd one out? 4.

Why is it always the odd man out?

the truth will out

throw sb out of work/office etc

Elections are invaluable, however, for providing the people with a peaceful way of throwing politicians out of office.

Naturally, stock market crashes and recessions end up tossing businesses into bankruptcy court and throwing people out of work.

Well, O. K. But throw him out of office in a rank-and-file election?

throw the baby out with the bath water

time out of mind

turn a room/building etc inside out

turn sb ↔ out

turn sth inside out

Turn the pants inside out before you wash them.

I've turned the house upside down looking for that book!

Lukens' theories have turned the financial world upside down.

Declaring the shirt offensive, she ordered Jeffrey to take it off or turn it inside out.

Hayward Wiggins launched a kids' summer enrichment program nine years ago, he turned the rules inside out.

I turned my collar inside out.

In effect, it turns the nozzle inside out.

Objectivism thus turns existentialism inside out.

The ship leaped and juddered as if trying to turn to inside out.

This brief scene, so unexpected and devastating, turns Blue inside out.

turn sth ↔ out

turn sth ↔ out

turn the light out

He turned the light out as the clergyman left the room.

I take the car up as far as it will go, then turn the lights out.

They turned the lights out and sat in fear.

Would you mind turning the light out, Robert?

vote sb into/out of power/office/parliament etc

Four of the five who voted him out of office either refused to discuss the removal or did not return phone calls.

wash sth ↔ out

wash your mouth out!

wear out your welcome

For a decade, Jerusalem continued approaching Washington with a measure of humility, careful not to wear out its welcome.

I mean when you get bored or some one wears out their welcome do you treat them like you would your job?

They may become tired of being asked constantly; you may wear out your welcome.

wear sb out

well/beautifully/badly etc turned out

He looks trim and well turned out in a new dark suit.

Mr. Russ's deputy was Mr. Windust, then probably in his late thirties - always smart and well turned out.

whacked out

wipe sb ↔ out

wipe sth ↔ out

work sth ↔ out

work sth ↔ out

work sth ↔ out

work/sweat your guts out

worm your way out of (doing) sth

Somehow Ben wormed his way out of mowing the lawn.

year after year/year in, year out

your heart/thoughts go out to sb

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I heard meowing, opened the trunk of the car, and out jumped a thin black cat.

Janice opened the door and looked out .

Leave your coat out in the hallway.

Parents stood out in the rain waiting to collect their children from school.

Two firemen carried his body out and laid it on the ground.

We camped and slept out under the stars every night.

What's that dog doing out there in our yard?

When I dropped my bag, some of my money must have fallen out .

You go on in. I'll wait out here.

II. preposition

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Hey, look out the window! See the hot-air balloon?

If you look out of the bedroom window, you can see the ocean.

She ran out the door and down the street.

III. verb

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(be/feel) like a fish out of water

I felt like a fish out of water.

In his first interview since the move, he still looks like a fish out of water.

(get) ten out of ten (for sth)

Gave it ten out of ten.

(go) out of business

But most analysts agree that many health insurance companies would be driven out of business .

Farmers and ranchers are still going out of business on the plains today.

If they were not, bird-watching and natural history museums would each go out of business .

It was assumed that I might well put a customer or two out of business .

Now that the war was over the Navy was, in effect, out of business , and it sought repossession.

Rather, the independent-minded newspapers believe that the government now wants to drive them out of business .

The advisory council goes out of business now, having delivered its long-awaited report.

The league was out of business after three seasons.

(just) out of interest/as a matter of interest

(out) in the open

Both animals were the only Rottweilers in the open class to gain a V rating.

Everything was out in the open - political resistance, management failings and just sheer inertia.

She had them out in the open now, where he could see them.

That which is hidden away, the shadow, is out in the open !

The tap-tap boy with the crooked gaze stood in the open doorway, grinning as usual.

The typical retail pushcart is set up in the open areas of a shopping mall or strip mall.

When the men made their appearance in the open , they were believed to be Union troops and were not fired upon.

(out) in the sticks

Three years on, what to make of the original inner city mama, out here in the sticks ?

We must have been right out in the sticks .

You two behaved as if we were still in the sticks .

(out) on the town

A night on the town for the boys.

But don't let that fool you - by nightfall people are waking up ready to go out on the town .

Had trouble dragging yourself out on the town on Sunday night?

Joy was a Saturday morning out on the town .

Nowadays, the battlefield is an opera stage, at Sebastiani Theatre on the town square.

The next time I saw him, I was out on the town with Peter Mbalu-Mukasa.

The others have gone out on the town .

a bolt from/out of the blue

Even so, dismissal should never come as a bolt from the blue, however exalted your place in the corporate hierarchy.

Inspiration hit me like a bolt from the blue on the way home.

The Mishcon job came like a bolt from the blue.

a shout out to sb

be drawn/pulled/picked out of the/a hat

be fresh out of sth

be in the loop/be out of the loop

be in the running/out of the running

be in/out of season

be in/out of the frame (for sth)

be on the/your way out

Platform shoes are on the way out.

All I know is that I am on my way out.

As October 18 dawned, Joe felt confident that Stilwell was on his way out.

But drive-ins are on the way out.

But if Mr Mugabe is on the way out, he has little incentive to drop his assault on the farms.

If your expenses are even one percent higher than your revenues, you are on your way out of business.

It also looks like Shutt is on his way out ... bit of a shame really.

Revue was on its way out.

The old man could be on the way out, and anyone on the way out is inevitably a centre for drama.

be out for the count

Richard was out for the count .

be out of line

In some instances, the amounts appear to be out of line with their proper share, the report says.

be out of luck

I'm afraid you're out of luck . The director has already left for the day.

It looks like we're out of luck - all the hotels are full.

We're out of luck . The store's closed.

If Social Services is low on money, the child could be out of luck .

be out of order

Every phone I tried was out of order .

Oh no, the copy machine's out of order .

Sit down Mr. Phillips! You're out of order .

Some of the pages were out of order .

The toilets are almost always out of order .

A campaign speech is out of order .

At last he called the operator and asked whether the phone was out of order .

Father, something is out of order here.

The sobbing woman is out of order , embarrassing, unreasonable.

be out of practice

I'd love to play tennis with you, but I'm really out of practice .

Sam said he's a little out of practice , but he'll play if we need him.

be out of print

Booksearch-a unique service that searches for any book that is out of print .

It received little attention at the time and then was out of print for some years.

be out of the question

Some of these families are so poor that Christmas presents are out of the question .

Defending yourself was out of the question .

Either way, it looks as though 103 Dalmatians may now be out of the question .

I guess a game of Scrabble is out of the question . 8: 55&.

Investors and analysts took that to mean a rate cut before mid-year is out of the question .

It was out of the question to put on an exhaustive exhibition, because it would have been too voluminous.

That is out of the question .

The captain said that it was out of the question .

be out of touch

I don't know what kind of music kids listen to these days -- I'm really out of touch .

The press accused MacGregor of being out of touch with the campaign he was supposed to be running.

If the average middle class white schoolchild is out of touch with the literary standard, the minority child is doubly so.

be out of your box

be out of your depth

I tried to read the report, but I was way out of my depth .

I was hopelessly out of my depth in college chemistry classes.

She was out of her depth in the advanced class, so they moved her to the intermediate class.

All went through him, and the hapless McCann, theoretically marking him, was out of his depth .

But he is out of his depth .

While the old hands somehow muddle through, novices are out of their depth within minutes.

be out of your element

Miller is completely out of her element in this sci-fi role.

Anyone watching would have known immediately that he was out of his element .

be out of your league

I was out of my league .

be out of your mind

Are you out of your mind ?

You'd be out of your mind to sell it now.

Coronado, who thought him to be out of his mind , reluctantly saw the men off.

He said I was out of my mind .

In fact, I am out of my mind , because she's in it!

The fans were out of their minds , and the din was deafening.

You must be out of your mind .

be out of your mind with worry/grief etc

be out of/off your head

be out on your ear

If you keep taking two-hour lunches, you'll be out on your ear .

He, of course, will be out on his ear .

Not at all: King went too far and was out on his ear in an overnight boardroom coup in 1968.

She was no more secure than she'd ever been - one mistake, and she'd be out on her ear !

be tearing/pulling your hair out

Anyone else would be tearing his hair out, confronted by a pack of jabbering foreigners, but does Feargal?

I was pulling my hair out.

be well out of sth

be/go (out) on the razzle

be/lie/sit sprawled (out)

He was lying sprawled across the pillow leaning on his elbow, his head propped to one side, reading the letter.

His rear gunner lay sprawled dead in the back.

The next thing she knew, she was lying sprawled across the pavement.

The observer lay sprawled across his gun, his blond hair streaming romantically in the wind.

We may see a road accident but we shall never be sprawled out on the tarmacadam like that.

beat/kick etc the shit out of sb

I had to pretend, because he was beating the shit out of me.

Like in the Teamsters, where they beat the shit out of people in parking lots.

beat/knock the (living) daylights out of sb

beat/surprise/scare the hell out of sb

And I said, beats the hell out of me.

Eddie knows this, and it scares the hell out of her.

It scared the hell out of me.

Just to make the move scared the hell out of me.

Statistics like that scare the hell out of me, and they must scare a lot of CEOs too.

There is no stopping planned randomness, and that scares the hell out of us.

Today, he scares the hell out of a lot of Republicans.

Tornadoes are not fascinating to me; they scare the hell out of me.

bent out of shape

Hey, don't get all bent out of shape!

born out of wedlock

A baby born out of wedlock was a horrible sin for which there was no forgiveness.

Babies born out of wedlock are commonplace.

Long ago, an aunt told me that my grandmother wash born out of wedlock .

Unlike the synonym, MAMzer, BENKert connotes love child, not one merely born out of wedlock .

break into a sweat/break out in a sweat

Even on a cold day, the old man could break into a sweat if he got beyond a full minute.

He broke into a sweat , began to tremble, and then asked if we could leave.

He was very weak and his body trembled and broke into sweats whenever he tried to sleep.

I began to break into a sweat .

I noted the Handbook clearly stated that you were not to expect the police to break into a sweat over your losses.

by/through/out of force of habit

come out of sth/come up smelling of roses

come out of the closet

The trial brought the issue of sexual harassment out of the closet .

Once people decide to come out of the closet , it is pretty easy to do here.

come out on top

In a survey of customer preference, one model came consistently out on top .

In all action movies, the hero always comes out on top .

Usually the team with the most talent comes out on top .

Anthony Courtney's warnings welled up again, coupled with a new determination to come out on top .

Both individuals should feel they come out on top .

But Tsongas turned those views around when he came out on top , beating rival Clinton in the New Hampshire primary.

But WindowWorks comes out on top .

The hero or heroine must ultimately come out on top .

While Gladiator came out on top , the contest was far from a shoo-in.

Yet, if they are in one, most men want to come out on top .

You could sum up the event by saying a batch of first-time nominees came out on top this year.

contract sth ↔ out

crawl/come out of the woodwork

Creativity was coming out of the woodwork .

There are wallabies crawling out of the woodwork .

cry/sing etc your heart out

After this last furlough we paid a last sad visit to the school and found a small girl crying her heart out.

Anyway, then she just sprawled on the floor and cried her heart out.

For the first time since I cried my heart out in Puerto Rico - I was crying.

March 7: I cried my heart out last night after seeing the movie High Tide.

She cried her heart out, all because of an unruly trouble-making, black-hearted child who was ripping her apart.

We would march along in step, doing eighty-eight paces to the minute, singing our hearts out.

day out

do sth out of the goodness of your heart

Surely even an idiot must realise that they wouldn't donate this huge amount out of the goodness of their hearts .

extend/offer/hold out etc an olive branch (to sb)

flat out

Going flat out, the BMW 325 will reach a speed of 140 miles per hour.

O'Leary flat out loves teaching.

The exercise involved running flat out for two minutes and then resting for one minute.

They were working flat out to get the job done on time.

frighten/scare the life out of sb

When, however-many years later-the script finally did arrive, two things scared the life out of me.

frighten/scare/terrify sb out of their wits

garbage in, garbage out

get a bang out of sth

She got a real bang out of seeing the kids in the school play.

get a charge out of sth

I really get a charge out of watching the kids learn.

get a rise out of sb

Bill likes to get a rise out of people, to say things just for effect.

After a while it began to sound like Bill was just growing accustomed to getting a rise out of people.

That gets a rise out of him every time.

get no change out of sb

get out of bed on the wrong side

get out of hand

It was a practical joke that got a little out of hand .

Police were called in when the situation began to get out of hand .

Pull or spray garden weeds before they get out of hand .

The costs have continued to increase, and now seem to be getting out of hand .

But eventually it became clear that things were getting out of hand .

But has the Fed failed to prevent the imbalances created by the recent boom from getting out of hand ?

Hundreds of police were poised to intervene if things got out of hand , but they did not.

My mum used to sit nearby and make sure nothing got out of hand .

Things started to get out of hand .

This was getting out of hand .

We let ourselves get out of hand .

get out of my face

get sth out of your system

I couldn't get the feelings of guilt out of my system .

get the hell out (of somewhere)

Tell Amy to get the hell out of my house.

But then I heard some one hollering at me, telling me to get the hell out of there.

He had already decided to move, he wanted to get the hell out of there.

I think we should get the hell out of here.

So I wanted to get the hell out of there.

The car turning in the road, getting the hell out.

The men wanted to get the hell out as fast as possible - they were concerned about survival.

Why on earth didn't I just tell Luke everything and get the hell out?

You don't wait to pick up personal belongings, you just get the hell out.

get your butt in/out/over etc

get/put sb/sth out of your mind

go (right/clean) out of sb's mind

She said she was going out of her mind in California.

go in (at) one ear and out (at) the other

It goes in one ear and out the other.

go out (of) the window

Also by definition, of course, the conventional measures of company valuation went out of the window .

But that system has long since gone out the window .

Design faults meant that each new station required major alterations; any hope of a production line quickly went out the window .

Douglas went out the window when they turned on him.

If they are barred from this, cost control could go out of the window .

Once they sniffed victory caution went out of the window .

Regular-season stuff goes out the window .

When it hit, tradition went out the window , taking with it a great many careers.

go out of your mind

I'm with the kids all day, and I'm starting to feel like I'm losing my mind .

If I have to wait in one more line, I'm going to go out of my mind .

She said she was going out of her mind in California.

go out of your way to do sth

Jennifer knew what a difficult time I was having, and went out of her way to be friendly.

They went out of their way to make me feel welcome.

When Annie arrived, Harriman went out of his way to make life pleasant for her.

And the recording industry is going out of its way to help.

How to be compassionate to their pain and go out of their way to help them?

Neither do they go out of their way to look for targets, human or otherwise.

So empty, in fact, that the United States seemed to go out of its way to insult Ismail.

This is the second time to-night she has gone out of her way to be sensitive to Oregon.

To register his annoyance, he seemed to go out of his way to ignore us.

We are going out of our way to help him with it.

go/be out like a light

She was out like a light , as soon as we put her in bed.

A minute later he went out like a light .

Either it was the brandy or it was the heat, but she went out like a light .

I went out like a light .

Something hit me on the back of the head, here, and I went out like a light .

go/be out of use

The guns are out of use and that is what matters.

hang out your shingle

have sth coming out (of) your ears

have your work cut out (for you)

Election monitors will have their work cut out.

So you have your work cut out for you.

The home team has not beaten the Scarlets for some dozen matches and should still have their work cut out to win.

They have their work cut out adapting themselves to it, and it to themselves.

They have their work cut out for them.

We have our work cut out for us.

Whoever takes on the trout farm will have their work cut out.

his/her etc eyes were popping (out of his/her etc head)

in bounds/out of bounds

in circulation/out of circulation

in focus/out of focus

in play/out of play

Courier put only 50 percent of his first serves in play .

in shape/out of shape

in tune with sb/sth, out of tune with sb/sth

in/from/out of the wilderness

What could I have done to keep him out of the wilderness ?

in/into/out of the reckoning

in/into/out of trouble

After she calmed down she reminded me of our bargain, and of how she had stayed out of trouble all year.

Getting you out of trouble again.

Our assumption that we can build our way out of trouble is another.

She had decided at an early age that the best way to stay out of trouble was to stay out of sight.

The loyalty program he established in 1947 was the first step toward making them value caution and keeping out of trouble .

The parole system has been making efforts to keep former convicts out of trouble .

You need a captain along to keep you out of trouble .

in/out of bond

inside out

Before I hung up my jeans, I turned the pockets inside out to dry.

I put my socks on inside out by mistake.

I turned the jeans inside out to repair the hem.

She had her shirt on inside out.

The wind was so strong, it blew her umbrella inside out.

iron out the wrinkles

it will all come out in the wash

keep a watch out for sb/sth

keep an eye open/out (for sb/sth)

Always keeping an eye out in case of thieves.

And we had to keep an eye open for police patrols.

For months, he kept an eye out.

He will keep an eye out, but he can not promise anything.

Male speaker All you got to do is keep an eye open and watch the break lights.

Though he works hard with all the kids, he keeps an eye out for the special ones.

Valueoriented consumers should keep an eye out for the name FabreMontmayou.

keep your nose out (of sth)

Keep your nose out of my business!

You keep your nose out, you hear me?

kick out the jams

know sth inside out

As he was a thoroughly professional journalist, he already knew the media inside out.

He stutters, but he caddied for me for five years and he knows the game inside out.

I know this one Inside out!

Of course, if everyone knew their partners inside out, there's a good chance no-one would ever plight their troth.

Start off by adding every email address you know, and click on all the options until you know it inside out.

They know their stuff inside out, but most importantly they also look like they are having a whale of a time.

know/find out/learn etc sth to your cost

leave sb out in the cold

These trade negotiations have left farmers out in the cold .

let the cat out of the bag

I'm sorry. Jim knows about last week's party. I'm afraid I let the cat out of the bag.

Some idiot's let the cat out of the bag -- Mrs Simpson realizes there's something going on.

Inadvertently perhaps, the BiE report lets the cat out of the bag.

let the genie out of the bottle

like a bat out of hell

I drove like a bat out of hell to the hospital.

They took off like a bat out of hell for Tan Son Nhut.

like getting blood out of a stone

like it's going out of fashion

She's been spending money like it's going out of fashion .

look out for number one

We manoeuvre in the world constantly looking out for Number One.

make a big deal of/out of/about sth

But Vassar taught me that I could do whatever I wanted to do without making a big deal out of it.

make a big thing of/about/out of sth

It was Arbor Day, and their teacher, Miss Ellis, made a big thing out of it.

make a drama out of sth

make a joke (out) of sth

My mother always makes a joke of everything.

He makes a joke of the injury because, at 59, it is an inconvenience rather than a disaster.

I'd made a joke of it.

That readiness to make a joke of life had been temporarily eclipsed.

We made a joke of it, the way Charles always came loaded with books on some new subject.

You had your own reasons for making the call, and why not make a joke out of it?

make a meal (out) of sth

A bird that thought so and decided to make a meal of it would quickly die.

Although he made a meal of applying the finish, the ball eventually finished in the net.

And make a meal of the soccer, with Swindon verses West Ham in the live match on Sunday.

Bruce Davidson was making a meal of explaining a straight forward case essentially because he was trying to impress Catherine Crane.

By the marks in the sand, it had been felled by a falcon, which made a meal of its flesh.

Looking for a creative way to make a meal out of leftover scraps of ham, turkey or pork roast?

The police would go through the motions, but they wouldn't make a meal of it.

You realise then, well enough, that making a meal of plants can demand both skill and knowledge.

make a monkey (out) of sb

make a mountain out of a molehill

She was only five minutes late! You're making a mountain out of a molehill.

make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

make an honest woman (out) of sb

If dishonoured her, must then make an honest woman of her?

make an issue (out) of sth

There's nothing wrong with your hair, so stop making an issue out of it.

For example, the government might make an issue of 100,000 ninety-one-day bills, each at a discount of 1,000.

He would make an issue of his right to certain beliefs.

However, do not make an issue of refusing a drink.

I have not chosen to make an issue of such distinctions here.

The secretary of state occasionally complains in public about this; no other official makes an issue of it.

Try not to make an issue of it, Dubner said.

make capital from/out of sth

make the most of sth/get the most out of sth

miles out

Four miles out, turn left down a track.

Once, when dusk caught us miles out in the country, an old couple took us in for the night.

Spurn is a long thin peninsula, jutting three-and-a-half miles out from the North Humberside mainland.

Terry and Ian Whelan were six miles out to sea off Southport's coast when they dropped the compass.

The islands in the channel looked grim and deserted, twenty-six miles out.

Three miles out from Scheffau is the beautiful Hintersteinersee lake, where you can swim, picnic or just enjoy the scenery.

We lost the last of the press about thirty miles out of the city.

We were five miles out of Sabinal in the cotton fields and grape vineyards.

nine times out of ten

Nine times out of ten I just skip breakfast and have a coffee.

Nine times out of ten we can beat them, but last night they creamed us.

Nine times out of ten, jobs that become vacant are filled from inside the organization.

nine times out of ten/99 times out of 100 etc

not be out of the wood(s) yet

not have a hair out of place

He sat at his desk, not a hair out of place, and turning a pencil over in his hand.

He seemed stern and austere and never had a hair out of place.

Joel never has a hair out of place.

not let sb out of your sight

Stay here, and don't let the baby out of your sight .

on the/your way out

A group of soldiers pushed past him on their way out.

Alive three years ago, now all of them gone or on their way out.

But drive-ins are on the way out.

I fixed an interview time with Sylvia on my way out. 7 Emily Lightbody came back to work the following Monday.

It also looks like Shutt is on his way out ... bit of a shame really.

She hadn't merely failed to notice it on her way out.

The old man could be on the way out, and anyone on the way out is inevitably a centre for drama.

You would carry this in your sock and give it back to the man, reclaiming your clothes on your way out.

out cold

He must have hit his head pretty hard. He's out cold .

At first I thought he must be out cold .

He stood outside the door and cried and then went and drank until he was out cold .

I crawled out cold , cramped, and feeling sick - to a world that seemed to have disappeared altogether.

The gunman lay on the floor, out cold in a puddle of wine.

The impact was so sudden and so fierce, it knocked me out cold .

The tarmac of the road Is velvet with sleep, the hills are out cold .

out east

out front

As a civil rights leader, he was always out front .

Molly is very out front in talking about her mistakes.

Now what's going on out front ?

There's a station wagon waiting out front .

But then that funny copper, Malpass, had known I'd been out front on Sunday.

Her flowers out front may have changed but little else has, it would appear.

I left the car out front and climbed the wide marble steps to the entrance hall.

I stayed out front hoping to get another look at the girl if she came out.

Should they stop because the people out front were drowning everything coming from the stage?

That the police chief was parked out front ?

There was some kind of commotion out front .

out loud

out of (all) proportion

Athletes are a mirror of society, even if sometimes their images are blown out of proportion .

Like the cabalistic use of hints and allusions, it achieves results seemingly out of proportion to the measures employed.

Likewise, the scare associated with the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island was blown out of proportion .

So far, the intensity of these controversies is all out of proportion to the seriousness of the suspected offenses.

The paranoia's got out of proportion .

The scare has been blown out of proportion , said John Marchello, professor of animal science at the University of Arizona.

We mustn't get things out of proportion .

With men it's totally out of proportion .

out of action

A few moments later the two photographers came sheepishly to tell me that the video camera was out of action .

I dropped my M 16 into the mud and was out of action for a few minutes.

She sustained a mild concussion in the game against the Xplosion, and was held out of action .

These were strategic points: a bombed bridge could put the line out of action for as long as a year.

out of bounds

Another time he was knocked out of bounds .

Has he gone too far out of bounds to get back on course?

Maryland and McGlockton hit Lane again after a few more yards, sending him flying out of bounds .

On its next possession, Southern Utah turned the ball over on a pass out of bounds .

Red takes the ball out of bounds and passes to Eddie.

Sellers, 27, of Truckee, was out of bounds .

The fall led to a five-tenths automatic deduction, and each foot out of bounds counted one-tenth of a point.

out of commission

My knee injury put me out of commission for two weeks.

The car's insured, but it's out of commission and I need to get to work.

It looked as if I was going to be out of commission for another extended period of time.

Of the 88 locomotives on the Malha Oeste line, 35 are out of commission awaiting repairs or spare parts.

The malformed blood vessels of one side of the brain essentially put both sides of the brain out of commission .

The mortuary was out of commission because its doors needed oiling and maintenance.

Three of the four water wells are out of commission .

Track 13 in front was out of commission , with its people on the ground, prone, in firing positions.

With Mulligan out of commission in 195: 3, Baker formed his own quartet, which lasted three years.

out of contention

out of doors

After all, animals lived out of doors naturally.

For everyone else out of doors it was an ordinary afternoon in la perla de la septentrion.

It can provide a place to play with toys and games and swings and slides, both in and out of doors .

More and more people have come out of doors .

New energy and resolve erupted from the simple act of moving their tiny toys out of doors !

Then out of doors went the parade, and through gate after gate again.

They fed him, covered him when he was out of doors and kept him warm when he was within.

They went without a flashlight, as the Managuans do if they are out of doors when the lights go out.

out of earshot

As soon as the guards were out of earshot , Grimes explained his plans.

The social worker wanted to talk to the children out of earshot of their parents.

The only way we could communicate was between ourselves when our teachers were out of earshot .

The river fell out of earshot .

out of hand

But eventually it became clear that things were getting out of hand .

But has the Fed failed to prevent the imbalances created by the recent boom from getting out of hand ?

But with Estrada, if the allegations are believed, it all seemed to get out of hand .

Doherty left after behind-the-scenes differences and off-the-set growing pains got out of hand .

Hundreds of police were poised to intervene if things got out of hand , but they did not.

I knew things were getting a little out of hand .

This was getting out of hand .

Today, we would reject a proposed Bill of Rights out of hand .

out of harm's way

Move valuable objects out of harm's way when children are visiting.

out of humour

out of joint

The climate seems out of joint .

out of keeping (with sth)

This ambitious and cumbersome attraction was totally out of keeping with the Niagara ambience, but Barnett persisted.

out of kilter/off kilter

out of phase (with sth)

But his self-image had become so out of phase with reality that he wanted to shoot his own leg.

Stephen Legate looked out of phase in the unison tableaux.

We were out of phase with the usual nighttime crowd.

out of place

I felt totally out of place at Cindy's wedding.

Look at that! You got all of my notes out of place !

A Yakut tribesman was out of place in Irkutsk.

He's a bit out of place here.

Oseary later attended Beverly Hills High, where he felt out of place among the rich kids.

Shakespeare in Love could seem out of place here-but it reinforces this process in other ways.

She says that it looks a bit out of place in Charlton Kings.

Still, his philosophy of government would not have been out of place in the Soviet Communist era.

We would therefore have felt out of place wearing business suits.

out of plumb

out of pocket

But if he lost, he was out of pocket a million bucks.

Expenses are all out of pocket .

In which case, savers and investors end up out of pocket .

Some one, at some stage, is going to end up seriously out of pocket as a result.

The law required Polly to establish that Peter's activities had left her out of pocket .

out of sight

But out of sight the roots from which they grow are spreading rapidly.

Daley sat in the house, out of sight , but giving orders to the corner police station by phone.

First, the cost of these activities began to escalate out of sight .

I do not think it took us longer than that to get out of range and out of sight .

I was trying to burrow out of sight .

My old friend: in no time at all she was round the corner and out of sight .

The drip pan underneath the refrigerator is out of sight , so special effort must be made to clean it.

out of sight, out of mind

I tucked it in the back of a drawer, figuring out of sight , out of mind.

out of sorts

Mandy explained that she'd been feeling out of sorts and had overreacted.

But he was out of work and out of sorts .

Only Nina was out of sorts .

Paul Miller is feeling a bit out of sorts .

Quinn returned home that evening out of sorts .

Would he remain out of sorts as he struggled to readjust to Test rugby?

out of step

And as much as he was out of step with me, he seemed inept with what used to be our world.

At the outset of his presidency, Mitterand was a leader seemingly out of step with the rightward drift of the West.

For by the spring of 1992, Holy Trinity was dramatically out of step with the Vatican.

He seemed dazed, out of step , like a first-time traveler to a treacherous land.

I always was out of step with my generation.

It is out of step with changes in industry.

Or rather, we were out of step by being a little ahead, and a little behind.

To watch the ceaseless spinning for too long made you feel sick and dizzy and a bit out of step with everything else.

out of sync (with sth/sb)

And still it was out of sync .

Much like the 49ers, the Dallas offense has been out of sync all year.

That takes yourself right out of sync .

The result is a cumbersome set of reimbursement rules that can be out of sync with economic realities.

out of the Ark

out of the blue

Do you remember Jane? Well, she phoned me yesterday, completely out of the blue .

One evening, Angela phoned me out of the blue and said she was in some kind of trouble.

Out of the blue , he asked me to come with him to Europe.

She told me, out of the blue , that she was going to live in New York.

Symptoms of the disease often appear out of the blue .

And now here was a shiny new fence, built out of the blue while our backs were turned.

Even with a mysterious ex-lover who had turned up out of the blue after more than sixteen years' absence.

It came to me out of the blue .

It was totally out of the blue .

Now you turn up out of the blue talking about us like we were a Lionel Ritchie lyric.

The pair are travelling in their caravan when a sinister family pitches up out of the blue .

Then, too, his thinking had hardly dropped out of the blue .

They just came around, out of the blue , to try and hurt me.

out of the frying pan and into the fire

out of the goodness of sb's heart

Surely even an idiot must realise that they wouldn't donate this huge amount out of the goodness of their hearts.

out of the mouths of babes (and sucklings)

out of the picture

As Neta faded out of the picture , he faded in.

Glen had told me she dropped out of the picture after the accident, but she might remember something from that period.

If you live long enough on South Vermont, you begin to feel not just excluded but out of the picture entirely.

Sharif is out of the picture , unable to return for 10 years under his exile agreement.

She kept walking out of the picture and coming back.

She walked out of the picture and then came back.

Wedemeyer quickly proved that many of these troubles could be addressed with Stilwell out of the picture .

With Oliver Ingraham out of the picture , things would be as they should have been.

out of the way

Get out of my way .

Good. Now that's out of the way , we can start working.

The house is a little out of the way , but you should be able to find it.

Workers were unable to push the car out of the way .

Get your ego out of the way and start convincing and not giving orders.

Given the quick nature of the divorce proceedings, it appears most of the hard negotiations are out of the way .

He told police it was too dark to tell whether the woman attempted to get out of the way .

I could see the marshalls getting everybody out of the way .

It is clear that the problem is to get the card out of the way .

Mr Gubbay had already agreed to take early retirement in June but the government wants him out of the way before then.

Presumably not much time will be wasted with recriminations since Wimbledon got those out of the way when they sacked Egil Olsen.

Richie quickly moved out of the way , and Donald lifted a box down.

out of thin air

He found rhymes irresistible, and produced them out of thin air, just for the fun of it.

Ray picks a number out of thin air -- generally below wholesale -- and the deal is done.

The juice landed on the floor like a red bubbly snake, a bad omen suddenly materializing out of thin air.

out of this world

He has to be from out of this world to spring all that on me.

out of true

The doorway was out of true .

out of tune

The guitar was badly out of tune .

It went out of tune very easily.

The beds on Disturbed are all out of tune , too taut or too loose.

out of whack

The printer is out of whack again.

And they are out of whack , Lovelock was to find out, because of the curious accumulative effects of coevolution.

Here you can discover exactly how out of whack your daily holiday intake actually was.

In the fourth round of the Catalonia Open, the elements threw all our figuring out of whack .

That things were out of whack .

The mixture of gases in the atmosphere of the Earth are way out of whack .

This is 180 degrees out of whack .

out of your shell

Middleschoolers, their teachers tell me, are as endearing as chicks just pecking out of their shells .

Mones, for example, began peeking out of his shell of mortification.

out of/from left field

Some of the griping comes out of left field.

When something like this comes out of left field at you....

While he used more complex sentences consistently, some of them seemed to come out of left field.

out of/from nowhere

Anyway, Jimmy had phoned me a few weeks earlier out of nowhere and asked if I could do him a favor.

Giant amphipods, the size of rats, appear out of nowhere to nibble on the remains.

Gilbert reappeared, sans Bob, but accompanied by Kevin who had materialized out of nowhere .

Husbands would wander; a car would appear out of nowhere .

I got to be careful - cars just suddenly come out from nowhere and it's easy to have an accident.

She saw it fly out from nowhere , its wings flashing black, then white.

While Paul's dilemma came out of nowhere .

out on a limb

And the only way you're going to fail is if you get out on a limb .

Breaking new ground often requires going out on a limb .

But going out on a limb is one thing-this is going out on a twig, going out ona leaf.

But only a purely wild man went out on a limb of four or five minutes.

It was about ninety pounds and he went out on a limb for it, too.

Junior was out on a limb .

She was a chameleon, out on a limb , and had chosen a difficult camouflage.

Until you came along, Century House was right out on a limb .

out to lunch

And he has learned he still needs to go out to lunch occasionally, just to feel part of the business world.

Fisher took him out to lunch afterward.

Having explained carefully to Willis what he was about to do, Richard invited Pinkie out to lunch .

He looked out to lunch - Mr and Mrs Sanity were clearly not at home to callers.

I would be nice to her, see her, take her out to lunch .

Round the bend, out to lunch .

Two or three are always missing, out to lunch , or in the john, or wandering around the building.

We're going out to lunch or what?

out west

out/up the wazoo

A portable vacuum cleaner is most helpful for sand up the wazoo . 2.

pull out all the stops

Fred's pulling out all the stops for his daughter's wedding.

If we pull out all the stops we should still be able to meet our deadline.

They gave me a great leaving party - they really pulled out all the stops .

CafÄ Pinot is pulling out all the stops with its four-course aphrodisiac menu.

Judith Milner, a Healthcare consultant from Leeds pulls out all the stops when it comes to selling the range of services.

Lott pulled out all the stops .

Miss Pickering's pulled out all the stops this time.

Soap bosses pulled out all the stops so football fever could infect Albert Square.

There were occasions when Bloomsbury House pulled out all the stops on behalf of children who were clearly gifted - usually in the arts.

We pulled out all the stops and gave the company a response in record time.

pull the rug (out) from under sb/sb's feet

pull/get your finger out

You could easily finish your essay if you just sit down and pull your finger out!

So, come on shoe companies, pull your finger out, deliver the goods you advertise.

put out feelers

Their intelligence agency, the Kempeitai, put out feelers to nationalists like Ngo Dinh Diem.

put sb out to grass

put sb's nose out of joint

put sth/sb out of their misery

put sth/sb out to pasture

roll out the red carpet/give sb the red carpet treatment

run out of steam

Fuel protest runs out of steam A national protest by truckers demanding cheaper fuel turned out to be a low-key affair.

His passion is to say if the constitutional model has run out of steam , change it.

Mr Chuan was perceived to have run out of steam .

The Damascus government has run out of steam after 30 years in power.

The market rallied early in 1995, but then ran out of steam .

run out the clock/kill the clock

sb's eyes are out on stalks

sb's heart goes out to sb

My heart goes out to them.

You poor little dear - my heart goes out to you, waiting all this time.

scare/frighten the (living) daylights out of sb

see sth out of the corner of your eye

Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a man running out of the store.

see/find out how the land lies

speak/talk out of turn

I hope I'm not speaking out of turn , but I don't think this is the best way to proceed.

Also this week: Ben and Mandy talk out of turn while Luke is listening.

Captain Steve Waugh had sharp words with Buchanan, telling him he had spoken out of turn .

He enjoys talking out of turn .

stick out/stand out a mile

stick/stand out like a sore thumb

You can't come to the restaurant dressed in jeans. You'd stick out like a sore thumb.

For these reasons feminist values stand out like a sore thumb.

Having a whole batch together should make an odd one stick out like a sore thumb.

Having said that, in some of the bits of Shoreditch I passed through I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I mean, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

There's no cover, and - as happened to me - any stranger sticks out like a sore thumb.

We stand out like sore thumbs.

You stick out like a sore thumb in that ghastly uniform, Charles.

take a leaf out of sb's book

take the easy way out

Too many people take the easy way out of financial trouble by declaring bankruptcy.

But these days, if it looks as if it's going to be nasty, I take the easy way out.

Fishwick, however, does not take the easy way out.

Not surprisingly they take the easy way out when food is put out for them each day.

This healthy, realistic fear helps the organization resist the temptation to take the easy way out of a problematic situation.

take the mickey (out of sb)

Abu Salim was a pain, which is why it was such a relief to take the mickey out of him.

He and his friend Keith took the mickey out of the rich.

I liked it because he was taking the mickey out of himself.

They would take the mickey out of me with sickening enthusiasm.

We take the mickey out of Mr Brown quite a lot, actually.

You could trust him not to take the mickey , or to turn round and bite your head off.

You guys take the mickey , and call me Count.

take the piss (out of sb/sth)

take the wind out of sb's sails

Last night's defeat has taken some of the wind out of the team's sails.

take the words (right) out of sb's mouth

take time out (to do sth)

A: I am going to take time out and go to college.

Actress Beverley D'Angelo is taking time out from her screen career to perform a risqué country set across the Bible belt.

At the product's launch, the company took time out to damn 3Com's boundary routing scheme with faint praise.

Despite his increasingly hectic schedule, Haden graciously took time out to be interviewed about the Quartet and the Jazzfest tour.

I shall take time out to call at Aurae Phiala.

If you actually worked for Jobs, he took time out from preaching the Mac gospel to meddle in your life.

Nurses in Training Questions: Do nurse teachers take time out to discuss their teaching methods with their peers?

The 73-year-old Republican standard-bearer took time out of his busy campaign schedule last week to search for those roots.

take/quote sth out of context

Jennings accused the program of quoting him out of context .

By confusing unrelated issues and taking information out of context , you do readers a great disservice.

This has been taken completely out of context .

the bottom drops/falls out of the market

the ins and outs of sth

I can't tell you all the ins and outs of the situation over the phone, I'll write to you next week.

I found I needed to spend quite a while learning all the ins and outs of the system.

the jury is (still) out on sth

the knives are out (for sb)

The service is in ferment at the moment, the knives are out.

the odd man/one out

I was always the odd man out in my class at school.

And Joe Bowie remains the odd man out, uncoupled at the end.

At each stage of the story, Britain has been the odd man out.

He was the odd one out in a gifted family.

Others are widowed or divorced, and hate being the odd one out among friends who are all couples.

Unless Spencer is traded, the latter seems to be the odd man out despite showing improvement in the preseason.

Which of the following grape varieties is the odd one out? 4.

Why is it always the odd man out?

the truth will out

time out of mind

turn a room/building etc inside out

whacked out

work/sweat your guts out

year after year/year in, year out

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

John knew that he might be outed if he decided to run for office.

The Advocate, a national gay magazine, outed the congressman.

The Air Force pilot was afraid of being outed by his ex-lover.

IV. noun

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(be/feel) like a fish out of water

I felt like a fish out of water.

In his first interview since the move, he still looks like a fish out of water.

(get) ten out of ten (for sth)

Gave it ten out of ten.

(go) out of business

But most analysts agree that many health insurance companies would be driven out of business .

Farmers and ranchers are still going out of business on the plains today.

If they were not, bird-watching and natural history museums would each go out of business .

It was assumed that I might well put a customer or two out of business .

Now that the war was over the Navy was, in effect, out of business , and it sought repossession.

Rather, the independent-minded newspapers believe that the government now wants to drive them out of business .

The advisory council goes out of business now, having delivered its long-awaited report.

The league was out of business after three seasons.

(just) out of interest/as a matter of interest

(out) in the open

Both animals were the only Rottweilers in the open class to gain a V rating.

Everything was out in the open - political resistance, management failings and just sheer inertia.

She had them out in the open now, where he could see them.

That which is hidden away, the shadow, is out in the open !

The tap-tap boy with the crooked gaze stood in the open doorway, grinning as usual.

The typical retail pushcart is set up in the open areas of a shopping mall or strip mall.

When the men made their appearance in the open , they were believed to be Union troops and were not fired upon.

(out) in the sticks

Three years on, what to make of the original inner city mama, out here in the sticks ?

We must have been right out in the sticks .

You two behaved as if we were still in the sticks .

(out) on the town

A night on the town for the boys.

But don't let that fool you - by nightfall people are waking up ready to go out on the town .

Had trouble dragging yourself out on the town on Sunday night?

Joy was a Saturday morning out on the town .

Nowadays, the battlefield is an opera stage, at Sebastiani Theatre on the town square.

The next time I saw him, I was out on the town with Peter Mbalu-Mukasa.

The others have gone out on the town .

I can't work sb out

a bolt from/out of the blue

Even so, dismissal should never come as a bolt from the blue, however exalted your place in the corporate hierarchy.

Inspiration hit me like a bolt from the blue on the way home.

The Mishcon job came like a bolt from the blue.

a shout out to sb

argue sb into/out of doing sth

average sth ↔ out

bail sb ↔ out

bail sb/sth ↔ out

bail sth ↔ out

battle it out

The Yankees and the Red Soxs are battling it out for the championship.

For the Sunday the pros would be on their own, battling it out for the first prize of £500,000.

From their earliest days they were battling it out - sometimes for the same parts.

In Atlanta, 12 teams will be battling it out in two divisions.

Phil Gramm all battling it out for second-and third-place showings.

They showed no sign of brotherly love as they battled it out for the runner-up spot before the record crowd.

This is why bodies exist, rather than separate replicators still battling it out in the primordial soup.

be burnt out

All over Bosnia, dwellings are burnt out, uninhabitable, or simply not there any more.

As a result many people are burnt out.

Garage fire: One car was burnt out and two others damaged in a garage blaze near Northallerton.

Instead of resting in dressing-rooms between shows, the Girls were burnt out coping with double and tripling.

One lorry was burnt out and a fire officers car was also damaged.

This time more than 20 cars were burnt out.

be crying out for sth

The city's in trouble and is crying out for help.

Employers in all fields of endeavour were crying out for them, offering generous salaries along with an array of enticing perks.

Farms and industry are crying out for labour.

Neither parents nor politicians are crying out for radical reform of the system.

Not that any industry was crying out for buffalo products at the time.

Small businesses are crying out for workers, and poor foreigners plug a gap.

The country is crying out for leadership and all Mr Smith has to offer is a talking-shop for academics and political has-beens.

The S is crying out for them.

The system is crying out for a particular simple change.

be cut out for sth

Sam is still a life guard - he's just not cut out for a nine-to-five job.

And her work would be cut out for her.

be drawn/pulled/picked out of the/a hat

be fresh out of sth

be in the loop/be out of the loop

be in the running/out of the running

be in/out of season

be in/out of the frame (for sth)

be laughed out of court

It happens in part because our youthful efforts to cooperate in the realization of myth / truth are laughed out of court.

be on the/your way out

Platform shoes are on the way out.

All I know is that I am on my way out.

As October 18 dawned, Joe felt confident that Stilwell was on his way out.

But drive-ins are on the way out.

But if Mr Mugabe is on the way out, he has little incentive to drop his assault on the farms.

If your expenses are even one percent higher than your revenues, you are on your way out of business.

It also looks like Shutt is on his way out ... bit of a shame really.

Revue was on its way out.

The old man could be on the way out, and anyone on the way out is inevitably a centre for drama.

be out of line

In some instances, the amounts appear to be out of line with their proper share, the report says.

be out of luck

I'm afraid you're out of luck . The director has already left for the day.

It looks like we're out of luck - all the hotels are full.

We're out of luck . The store's closed.

If Social Services is low on money, the child could be out of luck .

be out of order

Every phone I tried was out of order .

Oh no, the copy machine's out of order .

Sit down Mr. Phillips! You're out of order .

Some of the pages were out of order .

The toilets are almost always out of order .

A campaign speech is out of order .

At last he called the operator and asked whether the phone was out of order .

Father, something is out of order here.

The sobbing woman is out of order , embarrassing, unreasonable.

be out of practice

I'd love to play tennis with you, but I'm really out of practice .

Sam said he's a little out of practice , but he'll play if we need him.

be out of print

Booksearch-a unique service that searches for any book that is out of print .

It received little attention at the time and then was out of print for some years.

be out of the question

Some of these families are so poor that Christmas presents are out of the question .

Defending yourself was out of the question .

Either way, it looks as though 103 Dalmatians may now be out of the question .

I guess a game of Scrabble is out of the question . 8: 55&.

Investors and analysts took that to mean a rate cut before mid-year is out of the question .

It was out of the question to put on an exhaustive exhibition, because it would have been too voluminous.

That is out of the question .

The captain said that it was out of the question .

be out of touch

I don't know what kind of music kids listen to these days -- I'm really out of touch .

The press accused MacGregor of being out of touch with the campaign he was supposed to be running.

If the average middle class white schoolchild is out of touch with the literary standard, the minority child is doubly so.

be out of your box

be out of your depth

I tried to read the report, but I was way out of my depth .

I was hopelessly out of my depth in college chemistry classes.

She was out of her depth in the advanced class, so they moved her to the intermediate class.

All went through him, and the hapless McCann, theoretically marking him, was out of his depth .

But he is out of his depth .

While the old hands somehow muddle through, novices are out of their depth within minutes.

be out of your element

Miller is completely out of her element in this sci-fi role.

Anyone watching would have known immediately that he was out of his element .

be out of your league

I was out of my league .

be out of your mind

Are you out of your mind ?

You'd be out of your mind to sell it now.

Coronado, who thought him to be out of his mind , reluctantly saw the men off.

He said I was out of my mind .

In fact, I am out of my mind , because she's in it!

The fans were out of their minds , and the din was deafening.

You must be out of your mind .

be out of your mind with worry/grief etc

be strung (out) along/across etc sth

Lights were strung across the promenade; around the Casino.

be tearing your hair out

Anyone else would be tearing his hair out, confronted by a pack of jabbering foreigners, but does Feargal?

be tearing/pulling your hair out

Anyone else would be tearing his hair out, confronted by a pack of jabbering foreigners, but does Feargal?

I was pulling my hair out.

be tricked out with/in sth

be washed out

The parade was washed out by heavy thunderstorms.

If the sea did not constantly encroach, the salt within them would be washed out by rain.

Leading after three rounds, the fourth was washed out without a ball being hit.

The material from the iron mortar boxes was washed out on to a screen and the oversize returned to the stamps.

The pair had played only two points, splitting them, before their match was washed out.

The tank was washed out too, and placed on a layer of polystyrene on the stand.

When Hurricane Opal slammed the town in October 1995, the normal route to the mainland was washed out.

When the first game was washed out as well.

With dollar cost averaging, the price swings are washed out.

be well out of sth

be worked out

Among the many details to be worked out is where the construction dollars would come from.

Bakker believed that dinosaur speed could, reasonably accurately enough, be worked out from the angle of the limb joints.

But surely something of this kind can be worked out.

Helms indicated payment should be withheld until the United Nations completed reforms, but said the differences could be worked out.

In Example 12 the temperature change over a time interval was to be worked out.

It is essentially something which must become part of our daily lives, and be worked out in and through them.

The compromise was worked out in huddles that went late into the night Tuesday and concluded Wednesday.

When the iron ore was worked out the township including the school would pack up and move on.

be/feel left out

The whole time I went to the youth group I felt completely left out.

A man can feel left out during pregnancy.

But some will be left out.

Can it really be left out?

Gwendolen McEwen had always felt left out when her schoolfriends went to see their grandparents, because she had none.

Had we picked Emburey, I think Willis would have been the one to be left out.

It was a testimonial to his personality that he could take his roots with him without making others feel left out.

They tried to see she didn't feel left out but Jean is very shy and sensitive.

Those waiting for Washington to successfully deal with these issues will be left out in the cold.

be/get togged up/out

The blokes all put on frocks, like, an' the chicks get togged up in strides.

be/go (out) on the razzle

be/lie/sit sprawled (out)

He was lying sprawled across the pillow leaning on his elbow, his head propped to one side, reading the letter.

His rear gunner lay sprawled dead in the back.

The next thing she knew, she was lying sprawled across the pavement.

The observer lay sprawled across his gun, his blond hair streaming romantically in the wind.

We may see a road accident but we shall never be sprawled out on the tarmacadam like that.

beat your brains out

Why should you beat your brains out fighting the environmentalists?

Seven hours of beating your brains out when you weren't feeling all that hot to begin with.

Shall we beat their brains out in court?

beat/kick etc the shit out of sb

I had to pretend, because he was beating the shit out of me.

Like in the Teamsters, where they beat the shit out of people in parking lots.

beat/knock the (living) daylights out of sb

beat/surprise/scare the hell out of sb

And I said, beats the hell out of me.

Eddie knows this, and it scares the hell out of her.

It scared the hell out of me.

Just to make the move scared the hell out of me.

Statistics like that scare the hell out of me, and they must scare a lot of CEOs too.

There is no stopping planned randomness, and that scares the hell out of us.

Today, he scares the hell out of a lot of Republicans.

Tornadoes are not fascinating to me; they scare the hell out of me.

bent out of shape

Hey, don't get all bent out of shape!

black sth ↔ out

black sth ↔ out

blow itself out

Governments were paralysed, hoping the storm would blow itself out without affecting their friends and families and favourite projects.

Next morning dawns bright and clear; the storm has blown itself out in the night.

She could do nothing but batten down the conversational hatches and wait until the storm blew itself out.

The morning of the third day, they woke up and saw the storm had blown itself out.

The storm had blown itself out, leaving the sky pearly.

The storm had blown itself out, there was only steady drizzle.

They had waited for the Darkfall to blow itself out, which it did in spectacular fashion.

This storm was not going to blow itself out in an hour - not even for him.

blow sb ↔ out

blow sb ↔ out

blow sb/sth out of the water

By then the Motown label had blown all the other record companies out of the water.

blow sth (up) out of (all) proportion

This case has been blown totally out of proportion because of the media attention.

The issue was blown far out of proportion.

blow your/sb's brains out

Hunting rabbits with hawks is surely better than blowing their brains out with shotguns.

In a few years you will blow your brains out, a bankrupt.

The bullet took him right between the eyes, blowing his brains out through the back of his head.

There was a mercury pool for losers to reflect in while they blew their brains out.

born out of wedlock

A baby born out of wedlock was a horrible sin for which there was no forgiveness.

Babies born out of wedlock are commonplace.

Long ago, an aunt told me that my grandmother wash born out of wedlock .

Unlike the synonym, MAMzer, BENKert connotes love child, not one merely born out of wedlock .

brave it out

Petey heard him trying to brave it out, rocking back and forth to make the pain subside.

She decided to brave it out and applied for permission from the Prefect of Police.

She was going to cope, to face this, to brave it out and lay a certain ghost.

break into a sweat/break out in a sweat

Even on a cold day, the old man could break into a sweat if he got beyond a full minute.

He broke into a sweat , began to tremble, and then asked if we could leave.

He was very weak and his body trembled and broke into sweats whenever he tried to sleep.

I began to break into a sweat .

I noted the Handbook clearly stated that you were not to expect the police to break into a sweat over your losses.

break out in spots/a rash/a sweat etc

bring out the best/worst in sb

Ingram always seems to bring out the best in his players.

And Vince was obviously a great coach; he brought out the best in his team and whoever played him.

But the Washington Wizards have a way of bringing out the best in their opponents.

But, says Markert, there is something about one-way communication that can also bring out the worst in people.

Campaigns seem to bring out the worst in Bob Dole.

It brings out the best in us.

Maybe something like they tend to bring out the best in us.

So, to bring out the best in your cooking make sure you use the purest soy sauce, Kikkoman Soy Sauce.

Yet it was not an unsuccessful attempt to bring out the best in his audience.

bring sb out of himself/herself

burn sth ↔ out

burst out laughing/crying/singing etc

At that point I burst out laughing.

Charles didn't respond and after a frozen pause, she collapsed into a chair and burst out crying.

He did it so cleverly that you would think it was the real thing - until he burst out laughing.

I came down the steps of the Ashbery that morning and burst out laughing at the heat.

I said and burst out crying.

Julie, surprised, burst out laughing.

The whole group bursts out laughing.

The woman and children burst out laughing again, getting up from the table and crowding round me.

buy sb out of sth

But others want to limit Washington's ability to buy its way out of its domestic obligations.

But the financing was also put to questionable use -- to buy the district out of an operating deficit.

From the time she had bought the tickets out of her savings she had not been entirely free of fear.

I bought a candle out of necessity.

She soon realises that her power over men can be used to buy her way out of the kitchen.

buy sb/sth ↔ out

by/through/out of force of habit

call sb ↔ out

call sb/sth ↔ out

check sb ↔ out

check sb/sth ↔ out

check sth ↔ out

check sth ↔ out

clean sb out

clean sb/sth out

clean sth ↔ out

clear sth ↔ out

come out in spots/a rash etc

Tell them you've come out in a rash, or something.

come out of sth/come up smelling of roses

come out of the closet

The trial brought the issue of sexual harassment out of the closet .

Once people decide to come out of the closet , it is pretty easy to do here.

come out of yourself

He comes out of himself for a time and learns about love.

come out on top

In a survey of customer preference, one model came consistently out on top .

In all action movies, the hero always comes out on top .

Usually the team with the most talent comes out on top .

Anthony Courtney's warnings welled up again, coupled with a new determination to come out on top .

Both individuals should feel they come out on top .

But Tsongas turned those views around when he came out on top , beating rival Clinton in the New Hampshire primary.

But WindowWorks comes out on top .

The hero or heroine must ultimately come out on top .

While Gladiator came out on top , the contest was far from a shoo-in.

Yet, if they are in one, most men want to come out on top .

You could sum up the event by saying a batch of first-time nominees came out on top this year.

come right out with sth/come right out and say sth

contract sth ↔ out

count sth ↔ out

crawl into/out of bed

He was so tired his bones ached; but he crawled out of bed, put on his pants and watch.

crawl/come out of the woodwork

Creativity was coming out of the woodwork .

There are wallabies crawling out of the woodwork .

cry/sing etc your heart out

After this last furlough we paid a last sad visit to the school and found a small girl crying her heart out.

Anyway, then she just sprawled on the floor and cried her heart out.

For the first time since I cried my heart out in Puerto Rico - I was crying.

March 7: I cried my heart out last night after seeing the movie High Tide.

She cried her heart out, all because of an unruly trouble-making, black-hearted child who was ripping her apart.

We would march along in step, doing eighty-eight paces to the minute, singing our hearts out.

cut it/that out

Rusty, cut it out, I'm trying to study in here.

As for refined sugar - cut it out, as much as you can.

Come on, kid, cut that out.

I liked that picture so Marie let me cut it out and stick it on the wall.

My colleague saw it and cut it out for me.

My mom cut it out and gave it to me.

Once the design has been traced, you must then cut it out very carefully with a very sharp knife.

You got ta cut that out.

You shouldn't cut it out completely.

cut sb out

cut sb ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

cut sth ↔ out

day out

dig sb out of trouble/a mess/a hole etc

dine out on sth

For years I dined out on these stories.

You can spend it, you can dine out on it.

do sth out of the goodness of your heart

Surely even an idiot must realise that they wouldn't donate this huge amount out of the goodness of their hearts .

drag yourself to/into/out of etc sth

I remember when I heard the rounds coming in, I dragged myself out of the hooch.

draw sb ↔ out

draw sth ↔ out

draw sth ↔ out

draw sth ↔ out

dry (sb) out

Be careful not to dry them out.

It should help dry the thing out.

It was hot, and the hills were brown and dry , laid out like a pile of kindling.

Ladle thinks that drying yourself out may be an effective antiparasite strategy, a way of purging the parasites from your body.

The lights I work under can get really hot and tend to dry it out so I have to be extra careful.

The sun on the hills would dry me out.

We are still drying them out from a recent visit to the laundry.

ease sb ↔ out

eat sb out of house and home

Our sixteen-year-old is eating us out of house and home.

eat your heart out

I just bought a new convertible. Eat your heart out, Jay.

Eric Clapton eat your heart out.

Kate is obviously eating her heart out for a colour changer and an intarsia carriage.

Keith Floyd eat your heart out!!

Pablo Picasso, eat your heart out.

Philip Schofield, eat your heart out.

The square tango had to be seen to be believed - eat your hearts out, disco dancers!

eke out a living/existence

Cliff's family worked in the cotton fields to eke out a meager living.

Again, the choice was between following the work to the factory towns or eking out an existence by labouring.

Finally came the bookshop where dear Mr Sneddles tried to eke out a living.

I was tired of eking out an existence near poverty level on my meager assistantship.

Most of them eke out a living as subsistence farmers.

Most people still live in the hinterlands of the inhabited islands eking out a living, but poverty abounds.

She continued to eke out a living based on the fading memories of her famous plunge.

The elderly eke out a living on pensions averaging from $ 50 to $ 75 monthly.

The river banks were frequently lined with curious onlookers who struggle to eke out an existence in this harsh environment.

extend/offer/hold out etc an olive branch (to sb)

fan sth ↔ out

feel/be put out

A very limited edition single was put out by Red Rhino, to promote the album it was actually unable to release.

Could they not be put out to stud?

I think it's understandable if Trevor was put out by this favoured treatment Sinatra got.

Not surprisingly they take the easy way out when food is put out for them each day.

That team was nowhere near as good as the sides Leeds are putting out now.

The match was put out for new offers and Kasparov is due to make an announcement in London on March 22.

There was no trust and everybody was putting out fires.

When you are reacting, you are putting out fires.

fill sth ↔ out

fill sth ↔ out

find sb out

flat out

Going flat out, the BMW 325 will reach a speed of 140 miles per hour.

O'Leary flat out loves teaching.

The exercise involved running flat out for two minutes and then resting for one minute.

They were working flat out to get the job done on time.

for crying out loud

It's right in front of you, for crying out loud.

A Ford sedan, the very symbol of middle-class moderation, offers electrically heated outside mirrors, for crying out loud.

Forget it, Rory, for crying out loud forget it.

Julian Tavarez is a middle reliever, for crying out loud.

The long lie is over Shake yourself for crying out loud.

When I were a lad, we used that sort of grunt in our toasters, for crying out loud.

frighten/scare the life out of sb

When, however-many years later-the script finally did arrive, two things scared the life out of me.

frighten/scare/terrify sb out of their wits

garbage in, garbage out

get a bang out of sth

She got a real bang out of seeing the kids in the school play.

get a charge out of sth

I really get a charge out of watching the kids learn.

get a rise out of sb

Bill likes to get a rise out of people, to say things just for effect.

After a while it began to sound like Bill was just growing accustomed to getting a rise out of people.

That gets a rise out of him every time.

get no change out of sb

get out of bed on the wrong side

get out of hand

It was a practical joke that got a little out of hand .

Police were called in when the situation began to get out of hand .

Pull or spray garden weeds before they get out of hand .

The costs have continued to increase, and now seem to be getting out of hand .

But eventually it became clear that things were getting out of hand .

But has the Fed failed to prevent the imbalances created by the recent boom from getting out of hand ?

Hundreds of police were poised to intervene if things got out of hand , but they did not.

My mum used to sit nearby and make sure nothing got out of hand .

Things started to get out of hand .

This was getting out of hand .

We let ourselves get out of hand .

get out of my face

get sb out

get sth out of sb

Can you imagine trying to get it out of the pot?

Chick had picked the lock on the back door before we'd even got Proteus out of the car.

Dominic used to get twenty minutes out of this kind of thing.

I love to do things for children because I get a kick out of it.

My wife, Ana, and I got married right out of college.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we can celebrate the book.

So I wanted to get the hell out of there.

get sth out of sth

Can you imagine trying to get it out of the pot?

Chick had picked the lock on the back door before we'd even got Proteus out of the car.

Come get me out of this contraption.

Dominic used to get twenty minutes out of this kind of thing.

I love to do things for children because I get a kick out of it.

My wife, Ana, and I got married right out of college.

Now that we've got that out of the way, we can celebrate the book.

So I wanted to get the hell out of there.

get sth out of your system

I couldn't get the feelings of guilt out of my system .

get sth ↔ out

get sth ↔ out

get sth ↔ out

get the hell out (of somewhere)

Tell Amy to get the hell out of my house.

But then I heard some one hollering at me, telling me to get the hell out of there.

He had already decided to move, he wanted to get the hell out of there.

I think we should get the hell out of here.

So I wanted to get the hell out of there.

The car turning in the road, getting the hell out.

The men wanted to get the hell out as fast as possible - they were concerned about survival.

Why on earth didn't I just tell Luke everything and get the hell out?

You don't wait to pick up personal belongings, you just get the hell out.

get your butt in/out/over etc

get/put sb/sth out of your mind

give out sth

give sth ↔ out

give sth ↔ out

go (right/clean) out of sb's mind

She said she was going out of her mind in California.

go all out

If Hal went all out, he could win any one of them; but that would be bad for morale.

If Lynne Perrie wants something she believes in going all out to get it.

Marketers go all out for these events.

On my last day as head of the mess Sanborn and his staff went all out.

The Bordeaux exhibition goes all out for an abundance of images.

The poplars and fireweed have gone all out for flight, compromises be damned.

Three, you went all out to persuade me to call Sandy to break the news about Ed's murder.

Well, you have to go all out for it.

go in (at) one ear and out (at) the other

It goes in one ear and out the other.

go out (of) the window

Also by definition, of course, the conventional measures of company valuation went out of the window .

But that system has long since gone out the window .

Design faults meant that each new station required major alterations; any hope of a production line quickly went out the window .

Douglas went out the window when they turned on him.

If they are barred from this, cost control could go out of the window .

Once they sniffed victory caution went out of the window .

Regular-season stuff goes out the window .

When it hit, tradition went out the window , taking with it a great many careers.

go out of your mind

I'm with the kids all day, and I'm starting to feel like I'm losing my mind .

If I have to wait in one more line, I'm going to go out of my mind .

She said she was going out of her mind in California.

go out of your way to do sth

Jennifer knew what a difficult time I was having, and went out of her way to be friendly.

They went out of their way to make me feel welcome.

When Annie arrived, Harriman went out of his way to make life pleasant for her.

And the recording industry is going out of its way to help.

How to be compassionate to their pain and go out of their way to help them?

Neither do they go out of their way to look for targets, human or otherwise.

So empty, in fact, that the United States seemed to go out of its way to insult Ismail.

This is the second time to-night she has gone out of her way to be sensitive to Oregon.

To register his annoyance, he seemed to go out of his way to ignore us.

We are going out of our way to help him with it.

go/be out of use

The guns are out of use and that is what matters.

gouge sb's eyes out

McLaren accused Roberts of trying to gouge his eyes out during the fight.

I just wanted to gouge his eyes out.

hang out your shingle

hang sth ↔ out

haul yourself up/out of etc sth

Annie hauls herself out of her chair, nets a shiner from the tank, and throws it out the screen door.

Next day I hauled myself out of bed, took breakfast and got into the truck about a quarter to six.

have it out (with sb)

And then, suddenly, she sees Dieter going off on his own, and decides to have it out with him.

Fretting, he thought of hurrying round to have it out with him, whatever it was.

In a flash she was off her bed and on her way to have it out with the one man responsible.

She would give Susan a little time to simmer down and then she'd go up and have it out with her.

have sb eating out of your hand

He's brilliant in job interviews -- he always manages to get the panel eating out of his hand.

I introduced Mr Wilkinson to my mother, and within minutes she had him eating out of her hand.

In a second or two a man might have these boys eating out of his hand.

have sth coming out (of) your ears

have your work cut out (for you)

Election monitors will have their work cut out.

So you have your work cut out for you.

The home team has not beaten the Scarlets for some dozen matches and should still have their work cut out to win.

They have their work cut out adapting themselves to it, and it to themselves.

They have their work cut out for them.

We have our work cut out for us.

Whoever takes on the trout farm will have their work cut out.

hire yourself out

Her brother earned his living by hiring himself out to whoever needed his services on the island.

We called technical support and reached a Florida office, a tech-support company that hires itself out to Compaq.

We thought about hiring ourselves out as sort of bespectacled human twigs for water-divining purposes.

his/her etc eyes were popping (out of his/her etc head)

hold out sth

hound sb out (of/from sth)

Do you sympathise with people who hound paedophiles out of their homes?

It hounded him out of business.

The hounds pour out like spilled milk.

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

in bounds/out of bounds

in circulation/out of circulation

in focus/out of focus

in play/out of play

Courier put only 50 percent of his first serves in play .

in shape/out of shape

in tune with sb/sth, out of tune with sb/sth

in/from/out of the wilderness

What could I have done to keep him out of the wilderness ?

in/into/out of the reckoning

in/into/out of trouble

After she calmed down she reminded me of our bargain, and of how she had stayed out of trouble all year.

Getting you out of trouble again.

Our assumption that we can build our way out of trouble is another.

She had decided at an early age that the best way to stay out of trouble was to stay out of sight.

The loyalty program he established in 1947 was the first step toward making them value caution and keeping out of trouble .

The parole system has been making efforts to keep former convicts out of trouble .

You need a captain along to keep you out of trouble .

in/out of bond

inside out

Before I hung up my jeans, I turned the pockets inside out to dry.

I put my socks on inside out by mistake.

I turned the jeans inside out to repair the hem.

She had her shirt on inside out.

The wind was so strong, it blew her umbrella inside out.

it will all come out in the wash

keep a watch out for sb/sth

keep an eye open/out (for sb/sth)

Always keeping an eye out in case of thieves.

And we had to keep an eye open for police patrols.

For months, he kept an eye out.

He will keep an eye out, but he can not promise anything.

Male speaker All you got to do is keep an eye open and watch the break lights.

Though he works hard with all the kids, he keeps an eye out for the special ones.

Valueoriented consumers should keep an eye out for the name FabreMontmayou.

keep your nose out (of sth)

Keep your nose out of my business!

You keep your nose out, you hear me?

kick the shit out of sb

knock sb out

I needed something to knock me out - it was the only way to escape from the pain.

knock sb ↔ out

knock sb/sth ↔ out

knock sth ↔ out

knock sth ↔ out

knock the bottom out of sth

A recession would knock the bottom out of corporate profits.

knock the stuffing out of sb

knock yourself out

A koala, who was the loser in a treetop fight, fell 10m and knocked himself out.

He used the family umbrella as a parachute, fell on his head, and knocked himself out.

His head collided with a table on the way down and he knocked himself out.

I knock myself out to get him a pencil and he makes fun.

I think he knocked himself out, or something.

If you knock yourself out you could slip under the water and drown.

You simply want something so much that you knock yourself out to get it.

Your parents have knocked themselves out for you.

know sth inside out

As he was a thoroughly professional journalist, he already knew the media inside out.

He stutters, but he caddied for me for five years and he knows the game inside out.

I know this one Inside out!

Of course, if everyone knew their partners inside out, there's a good chance no-one would ever plight their troth.

Start off by adding every email address you know, and click on all the options until you know it inside out.

They know their stuff inside out, but most importantly they also look like they are having a whale of a time.

know sth inside out

As he was a thoroughly professional journalist, he already knew the media inside out.

He stutters, but he caddied for me for five years and he knows the game inside out.

I know this one Inside out!

Of course, if everyone knew their partners inside out, there's a good chance no-one would ever plight their troth.

Start off by adding every email address you know , and click on all the options until you know it inside out.

They know their stuff inside out, but most importantly they also look like they are having a whale of a time.

know/find out/learn etc sth to your cost

leave it out!

leave sb out in the cold

These trade negotiations have left farmers out in the cold .

let it all hang out

Each time you let it all hang out, you lower your threshold for doing it again.

My face resembled the back of one of those baboons who let it all hang out at mating time.

Now you can anonymously let it all hang out online.

Was it possible to go too far, or should he just let it all hang out?

We let it all hang out.

let out sth

let sth ↔ out

let sth ↔ out

let the cat out of the bag

I'm sorry. Jim knows about last week's party. I'm afraid I let the cat out of the bag.

Some idiot's let the cat out of the bag -- Mrs Simpson realizes there's something going on.

Inadvertently perhaps, the BiE report lets the cat out of the bag.

let the genie out of the bottle

level sth ↔ off/out

like a bat out of hell

I drove like a bat out of hell to the hospital.

They took off like a bat out of hell for Tan Son Nhut.

like getting blood out of a stone

like it's going out of fashion

She's been spending money like it's going out of fashion .

live out sth

live out your life

Egalitarian Rousseau lived out his life as the spoilt plaything of eccentric aristocrats.

He began teaching philosophy at Harvard in 1882 and lived out his life as an eastern intellectual.

John Morton lived out his life in Darvel, always respected by the people of the Irvine Valley.

Our comfort is this: We will live out our lives enchanted by Claire, her spell never broken.

She will find a way to live out her life without gangster Jackie.

There, side by side, Amelia and Mary Ann would live out their lives.

look out for number one

We manoeuvre in the world constantly looking out for Number One.

look out!

Look out! You almost hit that cat!

make a big deal of/out of/about sth

But Vassar taught me that I could do whatever I wanted to do without making a big deal out of it.

make a big thing of/about/out of sth

It was Arbor Day, and their teacher, Miss Ellis, made a big thing out of it.

make a drama out of sth

make a joke (out) of sth

My mother always makes a joke of everything.

He makes a joke of the injury because, at 59, it is an inconvenience rather than a disaster.

I'd made a joke of it.

That readiness to make a joke of life had been temporarily eclipsed.

We made a joke of it, the way Charles always came loaded with books on some new subject.

You had your own reasons for making the call, and why not make a joke out of it?

make a meal (out) of sth

A bird that thought so and decided to make a meal of it would quickly die.

Although he made a meal of applying the finish, the ball eventually finished in the net.

And make a meal of the soccer, with Swindon verses West Ham in the live match on Sunday.

Bruce Davidson was making a meal of explaining a straight forward case essentially because he was trying to impress Catherine Crane.

By the marks in the sand, it had been felled by a falcon, which made a meal of its flesh.

Looking for a creative way to make a meal out of leftover scraps of ham, turkey or pork roast?

The police would go through the motions, but they wouldn't make a meal of it.

You realise then, well enough, that making a meal of plants can demand both skill and knowledge.

make a monkey (out) of sb

make a mountain out of a molehill

She was only five minutes late! You're making a mountain out of a molehill.

make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

make an honest woman (out) of sb

If dishonoured her, must then make an honest woman of her?

make an issue (out) of sth

There's nothing wrong with your hair, so stop making an issue out of it.

For example, the government might make an issue of 100,000 ninety-one-day bills, each at a discount of 1,000.

He would make an issue of his right to certain beliefs.

However, do not make an issue of refusing a drink.

I have not chosen to make an issue of such distinctions here.

The secretary of state occasionally complains in public about this; no other official makes an issue of it.

Try not to make an issue of it, Dubner said.

make capital from/out of sth

make out a case (for sth)

Both sides could make out a case that they deserved to win and should have been awarded penalties.

Perhaps she should stay and try and make out a case for herself.

make out like a bandit

Insurance companies always make out like bandits.

Salomon Brothers and my customer made out like bandits.

make sb ↔ out

make sb/sth ↔ out

make sth ↔ out

make sth ↔ out

make sth ↔ out

make the most of sth/get the most out of sth

max sth ↔ out

miles out

Four miles out, turn left down a track.

Once, when dusk caught us miles out in the country, an old couple took us in for the night.

Spurn is a long thin peninsula, jutting three-and-a-half miles out from the North Humberside mainland.

Terry and Ian Whelan were six miles out to sea off Southport's coast when they dropped the compass.

The islands in the channel looked grim and deserted, twenty-six miles out.

Three miles out from Scheffau is the beautiful Hintersteinersee lake, where you can swim, picnic or just enjoy the scenery.

We lost the last of the press about thirty miles out of the city.

We were five miles out of Sabinal in the cotton fields and grape vineyards.

miss sb/sth ↔ out

nine times out of ten

Nine times out of ten I just skip breakfast and have a coffee.

Nine times out of ten we can beat them, but last night they creamed us.

Nine times out of ten, jobs that become vacant are filled from inside the organization.

nine times out of ten/99 times out of 100 etc

not be out of the wood(s) yet

not have a hair out of place

He sat at his desk, not a hair out of place, and turning a pencil over in his hand.

He seemed stern and austere and never had a hair out of place.

Joel never has a hair out of place.

not let sb out of your sight

Stay here, and don't let the baby out of your sight .

on the/your way out

A group of soldiers pushed past him on their way out.

Alive three years ago, now all of them gone or on their way out.

But drive-ins are on the way out.

I fixed an interview time with Sylvia on my way out. 7 Emily Lightbody came back to work the following Monday.

It also looks like Shutt is on his way out ... bit of a shame really.

She hadn't merely failed to notice it on her way out.

The old man could be on the way out, and anyone on the way out is inevitably a centre for drama.

You would carry this in your sock and give it back to the man, reclaiming your clothes on your way out.

out cold

He must have hit his head pretty hard. He's out cold .

At first I thought he must be out cold .

He stood outside the door and cried and then went and drank until he was out cold .

I crawled out cold , cramped, and feeling sick - to a world that seemed to have disappeared altogether.

The gunman lay on the floor, out cold in a puddle of wine.

The impact was so sudden and so fierce, it knocked me out cold .

The tarmac of the road Is velvet with sleep, the hills are out cold .

out east

out front

As a civil rights leader, he was always out front .

Molly is very out front in talking about her mistakes.

Now what's going on out front ?

There's a station wagon waiting out front .

But then that funny copper, Malpass, had known I'd been out front on Sunday.

Her flowers out front may have changed but little else has, it would appear.

I left the car out front and climbed the wide marble steps to the entrance hall.

I stayed out front hoping to get another look at the girl if she came out.

Should they stop because the people out front were drowning everything coming from the stage?

That the police chief was parked out front ?

There was some kind of commotion out front .

out loud

out of (all) proportion

Athletes are a mirror of society, even if sometimes their images are blown out of proportion .

Like the cabalistic use of hints and allusions, it achieves results seemingly out of proportion to the measures employed.

Likewise, the scare associated with the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island was blown out of proportion .

So far, the intensity of these controversies is all out of proportion to the seriousness of the suspected offenses.

The paranoia's got out of proportion .

The scare has been blown out of proportion , said John Marchello, professor of animal science at the University of Arizona.

We mustn't get things out of proportion .

With men it's totally out of proportion .

out of action

A few moments later the two photographers came sheepishly to tell me that the video camera was out of action .

I dropped my M 16 into the mud and was out of action for a few minutes.

She sustained a mild concussion in the game against the Xplosion, and was held out of action .

These were strategic points: a bombed bridge could put the line out of action for as long as a year.

out of bounds

Another time he was knocked out of bounds .

Has he gone too far out of bounds to get back on course?

Maryland and McGlockton hit Lane again after a few more yards, sending him flying out of bounds .

On its next possession, Southern Utah turned the ball over on a pass out of bounds .

Red takes the ball out of bounds and passes to Eddie.

Sellers, 27, of Truckee, was out of bounds .

The fall led to a five-tenths automatic deduction, and each foot out of bounds counted one-tenth of a point.

out of commission

My knee injury put me out of commission for two weeks.

The car's insured, but it's out of commission and I need to get to work.

It looked as if I was going to be out of commission for another extended period of time.

Of the 88 locomotives on the Malha Oeste line, 35 are out of commission awaiting repairs or spare parts.

The malformed blood vessels of one side of the brain essentially put both sides of the brain out of commission .

The mortuary was out of commission because its doors needed oiling and maintenance.

Three of the four water wells are out of commission .

Track 13 in front was out of commission , with its people on the ground, prone, in firing positions.

With Mulligan out of commission in 195: 3, Baker formed his own quartet, which lasted three years.

out of contention

out of doors

After all, animals lived out of doors naturally.

For everyone else out of doors it was an ordinary afternoon in la perla de la septentrion.

It can provide a place to play with toys and games and swings and slides, both in and out of doors .

More and more people have come out of doors .

New energy and resolve erupted from the simple act of moving their tiny toys out of doors !

Then out of doors went the parade, and through gate after gate again.

They fed him, covered him when he was out of doors and kept him warm when he was within.

They went without a flashlight, as the Managuans do if they are out of doors when the lights go out.

out of earshot

As soon as the guards were out of earshot , Grimes explained his plans.

The social worker wanted to talk to the children out of earshot of their parents.

The only way we could communicate was between ourselves when our teachers were out of earshot .

The river fell out of earshot .

out of hand

But eventually it became clear that things were getting out of hand .

But has the Fed failed to prevent the imbalances created by the recent boom from getting out of hand ?

But with Estrada, if the allegations are believed, it all seemed to get out of hand .

Doherty left after behind-the-scenes differences and off-the-set growing pains got out of hand .

Hundreds of police were poised to intervene if things got out of hand , but they did not.

I knew things were getting a little out of hand .

This was getting out of hand .

Today, we would reject a proposed Bill of Rights out of hand .

out of harm's way

Move valuable objects out of harm's way when children are visiting.

out of humour

out of joint

The climate seems out of joint .

out of keeping (with sth)

This ambitious and cumbersome attraction was totally out of keeping with the Niagara ambience, but Barnett persisted.

out of kilter/off kilter

out of phase (with sth)

But his self-image had become so out of phase with reality that he wanted to shoot his own leg.

Stephen Legate looked out of phase in the unison tableaux.

We were out of phase with the usual nighttime crowd.

out of place

I felt totally out of place at Cindy's wedding.

Look at that! You got all of my notes out of place !

A Yakut tribesman was out of place in Irkutsk.

He's a bit out of place here.

Oseary later attended Beverly Hills High, where he felt out of place among the rich kids.

Shakespeare in Love could seem out of place here-but it reinforces this process in other ways.

She says that it looks a bit out of place in Charlton Kings.

Still, his philosophy of government would not have been out of place in the Soviet Communist era.

We would therefore have felt out of place wearing business suits.

out of plumb

out of pocket

But if he lost, he was out of pocket a million bucks.

Expenses are all out of pocket .

In which case, savers and investors end up out of pocket .

Some one, at some stage, is going to end up seriously out of pocket as a result.

The law required Polly to establish that Peter's activities had left her out of pocket .

out of sight

But out of sight the roots from which they grow are spreading rapidly.

Daley sat in the house, out of sight , but giving orders to the corner police station by phone.

First, the cost of these activities began to escalate out of sight .

I do not think it took us longer than that to get out of range and out of sight .

I was trying to burrow out of sight .

My old friend: in no time at all she was round the corner and out of sight .

The drip pan underneath the refrigerator is out of sight , so special effort must be made to clean it.

out of sight, out of mind

I tucked it in the back of a drawer, figuring out of sight , out of mind.

out of sorts

Mandy explained that she'd been feeling out of sorts and had overreacted.

But he was out of work and out of sorts .

Only Nina was out of sorts .

Paul Miller is feeling a bit out of sorts .

Quinn returned home that evening out of sorts .

Would he remain out of sorts as he struggled to readjust to Test rugby?

out of step

And as much as he was out of step with me, he seemed inept with what used to be our world.

At the outset of his presidency, Mitterand was a leader seemingly out of step with the rightward drift of the West.

For by the spring of 1992, Holy Trinity was dramatically out of step with the Vatican.

He seemed dazed, out of step , like a first-time traveler to a treacherous land.

I always was out of step with my generation.

It is out of step with changes in industry.

Or rather, we were out of step by being a little ahead, and a little behind.

To watch the ceaseless spinning for too long made you feel sick and dizzy and a bit out of step with everything else.

out of sync (with sth/sb)

And still it was out of sync .

Much like the 49ers, the Dallas offense has been out of sync all year.

That takes yourself right out of sync .

The result is a cumbersome set of reimbursement rules that can be out of sync with economic realities.

out of the Ark

out of the blue

Do you remember Jane? Well, she phoned me yesterday, completely out of the blue .

One evening, Angela phoned me out of the blue and said she was in some kind of trouble.

Out of the blue , he asked me to come with him to Europe.

She told me, out of the blue , that she was going to live in New York.

Symptoms of the disease often appear out of the blue .

And now here was a shiny new fence, built out of the blue while our backs were turned.

Even with a mysterious ex-lover who had turned up out of the blue after more than sixteen years' absence.

It came to me out of the blue .

It was totally out of the blue .

Now you turn up out of the blue talking about us like we were a Lionel Ritchie lyric.

The pair are travelling in their caravan when a sinister family pitches up out of the blue .

Then, too, his thinking had hardly dropped out of the blue .

They just came around, out of the blue , to try and hurt me.

out of the frying pan and into the fire

out of the goodness of sb's heart

Surely even an idiot must realise that they wouldn't donate this huge amount out of the goodness of their hearts.

out of the mouths of babes (and sucklings)

out of the picture

As Neta faded out of the picture , he faded in.

Glen had told me she dropped out of the picture after the accident, but she might remember something from that period.

If you live long enough on South Vermont, you begin to feel not just excluded but out of the picture entirely.

Sharif is out of the picture , unable to return for 10 years under his exile agreement.

She kept walking out of the picture and coming back.

She walked out of the picture and then came back.

Wedemeyer quickly proved that many of these troubles could be addressed with Stilwell out of the picture .

With Oliver Ingraham out of the picture , things would be as they should have been.

out of the way

Get out of my way .

Good. Now that's out of the way , we can start working.

The house is a little out of the way , but you should be able to find it.

Workers were unable to push the car out of the way .

Get your ego out of the way and start convincing and not giving orders.

Given the quick nature of the divorce proceedings, it appears most of the hard negotiations are out of the way .

He told police it was too dark to tell whether the woman attempted to get out of the way .

I could see the marshalls getting everybody out of the way .

It is clear that the problem is to get the card out of the way .

Mr Gubbay had already agreed to take early retirement in June but the government wants him out of the way before then.

Presumably not much time will be wasted with recriminations since Wimbledon got those out of the way when they sacked Egil Olsen.

Richie quickly moved out of the way , and Donald lifted a box down.

out of thin air

He found rhymes irresistible, and produced them out of thin air, just for the fun of it.

Ray picks a number out of thin air -- generally below wholesale -- and the deal is done.

The juice landed on the floor like a red bubbly snake, a bad omen suddenly materializing out of thin air.

out of this world

He has to be from out of this world to spring all that on me.

out of true

The doorway was out of true .

out of tune

The guitar was badly out of tune .

It went out of tune very easily.

The beds on Disturbed are all out of tune , too taut or too loose.

out of whack

The printer is out of whack again.

And they are out of whack , Lovelock was to find out, because of the curious accumulative effects of coevolution.

Here you can discover exactly how out of whack your daily holiday intake actually was.

In the fourth round of the Catalonia Open, the elements threw all our figuring out of whack .

That things were out of whack .

The mixture of gases in the atmosphere of the Earth are way out of whack .

This is 180 degrees out of whack .

out of your shell

Middleschoolers, their teachers tell me, are as endearing as chicks just pecking out of their shells .

Mones, for example, began peeking out of his shell of mortification.

out of/from left field

Some of the griping comes out of left field.

When something like this comes out of left field at you....

While he used more complex sentences consistently, some of them seemed to come out of left field.

out of/from nowhere

Anyway, Jimmy had phoned me a few weeks earlier out of nowhere and asked if I could do him a favor.

Giant amphipods, the size of rats, appear out of nowhere to nibble on the remains.

Gilbert reappeared, sans Bob, but accompanied by Kevin who had materialized out of nowhere .

Husbands would wander; a car would appear out of nowhere .

I got to be careful - cars just suddenly come out from nowhere and it's easy to have an accident.

She saw it fly out from nowhere , its wings flashing black, then white.

While Paul's dilemma came out of nowhere .

out on a limb

And the only way you're going to fail is if you get out on a limb .

Breaking new ground often requires going out on a limb .

But going out on a limb is one thing-this is going out on a twig, going out ona leaf.

But only a purely wild man went out on a limb of four or five minutes.

It was about ninety pounds and he went out on a limb for it, too.

Junior was out on a limb .

She was a chameleon, out on a limb , and had chosen a difficult camouflage.

Until you came along, Century House was right out on a limb .

out to lunch

And he has learned he still needs to go out to lunch occasionally, just to feel part of the business world.

Fisher took him out to lunch afterward.

Having explained carefully to Willis what he was about to do, Richard invited Pinkie out to lunch .

He looked out to lunch - Mr and Mrs Sanity were clearly not at home to callers.

I would be nice to her, see her, take her out to lunch .

Round the bend, out to lunch .

Two or three are always missing, out to lunch , or in the john, or wandering around the building.

We're going out to lunch or what?

out west

out/up the wazoo

A portable vacuum cleaner is most helpful for sand up the wazoo . 2.

pass sth ↔ out

pay out (sth)

How long will the policy pay out?

If the stock does not pay out any dividends, this space will be left blank in the newspaper table.

It would be paying out more than it was earning.

Over two years this pays out 3 per cent tax-free, plus the rate of inflation.

Rather than paying out subsidies, the Government now receives substantial annual taxation receipts.

The investee corporation must pay corporate taxes on its income before paying out dividends-this is the first tax.

The total amount paid out each year by Elf's subsidiaries was about $ 60m.

You may already have life insurance, but that will usually only pay out if you die.

pay out (sth)

How long will the policy pay out?

If the stock does not pay out any dividends, this space will be left blank in the newspaper table.

It would be paying out more than it was earning.

Over two years this pays out 3 per cent tax-free, plus the rate of inflation.

Rather than paying out subsidies, the Government now receives substantial annual taxation receipts.

The investee corporation must pay corporate taxes on its income before paying out dividends-this is the first tax.

The total amount paid out each year by Elf's subsidiaries was about $ 60m.

You may already have life insurance, but that will usually only pay out if you die.

pay sth ↔ out

peg sth ↔ out

peg sth ↔ out

pluck sth out of the air

price yourself out of the market

puff out your cheeks/chest

Gillespie's cheeks puffed out as he blew into his bent-bell trumpet.

pull out all the stops

Fred's pulling out all the stops for his daughter's wedding.

If we pull out all the stops we should still be able to meet our deadline.

They gave me a great leaving party - they really pulled out all the stops .

CafÄ Pinot is pulling out all the stops with its four-course aphrodisiac menu.

Judith Milner, a Healthcare consultant from Leeds pulls out all the stops when it comes to selling the range of services.

Lott pulled out all the stops .

Miss Pickering's pulled out all the stops this time.

Soap bosses pulled out all the stops so football fever could infect Albert Square.

There were occasions when Bloomsbury House pulled out all the stops on behalf of children who were clearly gifted - usually in the arts.

We pulled out all the stops and gave the company a response in record time.

pull the rug (out) from under sb/sb's feet

pull/get your finger out

You could easily finish your essay if you just sit down and pull your finger out!

So, come on shoe companies, pull your finger out, deliver the goods you advertise.

pump sth ↔ out

punch sb out

punch sb's lights out

push sth out of your mind

push the boat out

Leaving Joe and his son to return to Fancy, we pushed the boat out to sea and ploughed down to Richmond.

put out feelers

Their intelligence agency, the Kempeitai, put out feelers to nationalists like Ngo Dinh Diem.

put out feelers

Their intelligence agency, the Kempeitai, put out feelers to nationalists like Ngo Dinh Diem.

put sb out

Are you sure you don't mind picking the children up from school? I don't want to put you out.

I hope I'm not putting you out, but I need someone to stay in the office at lunchtime today.

put sb out

put sb out

put sb out to grass

put sb's nose out of joint

put sth ↔ out

put sth ↔ out

put sth ↔ out

put sth ↔ out

put sth ↔ out

put sth/sb out of their misery

put sth/sb out to pasture

put your back out

put your hand/foot/arm out

Everyone puts his hand out, from cabinet ministers to loan underwriters.

He put his hand out and there was Lily, quiet and warm beside him.

He put his hand out, touching his father's cheek.

Minna put her hands out and I handed her the divorce.

She tottered, and put her arms out.

Vern put his hand out this time.

When she put her hand out, trying to rise, she skittled a row of bottles.

put your tongue out

Donaldson fought the urge to put his tongue out.

I put my tongue out at them as far as it would go.

put yourself out

I wouldn't want to put yourself out just for me.

A lot of people round here have put themselves out for me.

Also, I was not keen on the prospect of putting myself out without desire.

As if her father's interminable complaints were not enough, nomatterhow she put herself out to please him.

I bad to ask around and write letters and put myself out to make it happen.

Kept Ireland out of the war, but that doesn't mean he's putting himself out for your people.

Mauve put himself out in all sorts of ways - a highly irritable man who could be expansively generous.

They put themselves out of reach.

You got ta put yourself out, at risk.

ring out the Old Year

roll out the red carpet

Practically lies down and purrs ... Well it's nice to roll out the red carpet, isn't it?

roll out the red carpet/give sb the red carpet treatment

roll sth ↔ out

roll sth ↔ out

roll sth ↔ out

run out of steam

Gail started the project with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but at some point she just ran out of steam.

The home team seemed to run out of steam well before the game was over.

Fuel protest runs out of steam A national protest by truckers demanding cheaper fuel turned out to be a low-key affair.

His passion is to say if the constitutional model has run out of steam, change it.

Mr Chuan was perceived to have run out of steam.

The Damascus government has run out of steam after 30 years in power.

The market rallied early in 1995, but then ran out of steam.

run out of steam

Fuel protest runs out of steam A national protest by truckers demanding cheaper fuel turned out to be a low-key affair.

His passion is to say if the constitutional model has run out of steam , change it.

Mr Chuan was perceived to have run out of steam .

The Damascus government has run out of steam after 30 years in power.

The market rallied early in 1995, but then ran out of steam .

run sb out of town

Or at least run them out of town.

run sb ↔ out

sb can dish it out but they can't take it

sb's eyes are out on stalks

sb's eyes popped (out of their head)

sb's heart goes out to sb

My heart goes out to them.

You poor little dear - my heart goes out to you, waiting all this time.

scare/frighten the (living) daylights out of sb

see sth out of the corner of your eye

Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a man running out of the store.

see sth ↔ out

see/find out how the land lies

see/find out what sb is (really) made of

send out for sth

What do you say we send out for Chinese?

A draft circular was sent out for comment in mid-1980.

At noon he would send out for a sandwich and coffee.

Did he really have all that in the kitchen or had she sent out for it?

Do make sure that every job that gets sent out for setting has a full specification and requirements sheet with it.

Mrs Thatcher agreed to allow the Report to be sent out for consultation, but asked for one alteration.

Privy seals were sent out for forced loans from about 1590.

We will send out for fish and chips.

You are not sent out for company but to annoy each other.

send sth ↔ out

send sth/sb ↔ out

set out on sth

After organising a group of locals and a dugout canoe, we set out on the week-long journey to Iau.

But Charlie also sets out on a series of scandalous liaisons and unfortunate marriages with very young girls.

But long before that jalopy set out on Route 66, the wild oat had done its landscape-altering work.

Details of the amounts due to be billed and the properties concerned are set out on the attached sheet for your information.

Details of the Company's principal subsidiary and associated undertakings are set out on page 47.

In the end the woman chooses to renounce both men and sets out on her own path.

Its founders were clinging to the wreckage, not setting out on a brave new voyage.

The most obvious source of the necessary electrical energy would be solar panels set out on the lunar surface.

set sth ↔ out

set sth ↔ out

shake sth ↔ out

shake sth ↔ out

shape up or ship out

shoot it out (with sb)

He figured he stood better chances shooting it out with federal agents who had more firepower.

The basin funnels the wind and shoots it out over this ridge.

shut out sb

shut sb out

shut sb/sth ↔ out

shut sth ↔ out

sign sb ↔ out

sign sth ↔ out

sing out (sth)

A fairly neutral background will make any small splash of colour sing out with particular vibrancy and significance.

And the tower is the centre of attention every May morning when the choir sings out across the rooftops.

George sang out for us to look up ahead, that here come just what we been looking for.

Gougére for supper, she sang out: Thérèse, find the recipe for me.

Moments later we passed the stump of a tower, and the student sang out the date it was built: 1170.

Soon the chain was singing out through the foliage, cutting empty avenues through the greenery.

The occasional mighty line sings out, but on the whole it just tells a good story extremely well.

Together the band of women wailed and sang out, beating cymbals and drums.

slog it out

Byron was my hero and they've been slogging it out ever since.

The answer is that you would have to slog it out all the way from London to Baghdad.

slug it out

Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been slugging it out in the cola wars for years.

He at least was ready to slug it out to the bitter end.

The uniformed cops and a couple of detectives were watching their superiors slug it out.

These two sides would slug it out, and a practical solution would emerge somewhere between the two positions.

They decided to go outside and slug it out but Swanson stopped them, saying they would draw too much attention.

They hardly looked ready to slug it out in a Test series, but at least they had a victory under their belts.

They lose a night's sleep slugging it out.

Two new novels about cavemen are slugging it out in bookstores.

sort itself out

Childhood problems and anxieties have a habit of sorting themselves out.

This situation is not going to sort itself out. We have to do something.

At present, Ann led and Megan followed, but that would sort itself out in the long run.

Expect more bobbing and weaving while this one sorts itself out.

Inside the gulf of Pagasai, the disorganized Persian armament was sorting itself out and re-numbering.

Instead, they would rely on decentralized, uncontrolled life to sort itself out and come to some self-enhancing harmony.

Life has a funny way of sorting itself out.

The seating problem more or less sorted itself out.

The situation will sort itself out when the city reopens Navy Pier, the fair's preferred location.

They hope that it will sort itself out with time - it is even more difficult to ask a second time.

speak out of turn

Wagner spoke out of turn when he said the election would be delayed.

Captain Steve Waugh had sharp words with Buchanan, telling him he had spoken out of turn.

speak/talk out of turn

I hope I'm not speaking out of turn , but I don't think this is the best way to proceed.

Also this week: Ben and Mandy talk out of turn while Luke is listening.

Captain Steve Waugh had sharp words with Buchanan, telling him he had spoken out of turn .

He enjoys talking out of turn .

spin sth ↔ out

spin sth ↔ out

spit it out

Come on Jean, spit it out!

I spit it out and flick it from my eyes.

I started regular water changes, and one fish now eats a little, but the other one spits it out.

It tastes horrible and I spit it out.

Once you have swirled the wine around your tastebuds, spit it out into a lined bucket.

She rolled the liquefying spinach into her cheek she could not spit it out.

Then I taste a small specimen, closely observing its flavor, smell, texture, and bite before spitting it out.

They just chewed it up and spit it out, foaming rubber at the mouth.

You always had to spit it out and shove it down the back of some chair.

spread sth ↔ out

spread sth ↔ out

spy out the land

Certainly he would have gone down there alone to spy out the land and check on his property.

She enticed into her house the party Odysseus dispatched to spy out the land, and there she changed them into swine.

squeeze sth out of sb

See if you can squeeze more information out of them.

He keeps delaying matters so he can squeeze more money out of me.

Her shoulders shook, her mouth compressed; she knotted her fingers and squeezed the blood out of them.

Only after Sinatra squeezes every drop out of the last note does the kid exit the car.

She squeezed something out of a tube and applied it to his lip.

They pushed and squeezed their way out of the jute field.

stake (out) a claim

Both countries have staked a claim to the islands.

Griffey has already staked a claim to this year's Most Valuable Player award.

He may have staked a claim for a regular place, particularly if Steven Gerrard is not fit.

In the last six months, two fledgling dirt-shirt companies have staked claims to this earthy enterprise.

It is another chance for Beagrie to stake a claim in his helter - skelter Goodison career.

It was in her desperate kisses, the way she clutched at him, her hands roving possessively, staking out claims.

Others will have already staked a claim with tripods and telescopes.

Oxford blew their chance to stake a claim in the promotion race.

We staked claim to the two-man tents set on a steep slope in the rain forest.

Weedy horrors Weeds are opportunists, quick to stake a claim for any vacant patch of ground they find.

stay out of sth

Stay out of this, Ben - it's none of your business.

After she calmed down she reminded me of our bargain, and of how she had stayed out of trouble all year.

He should stay out of the criminal justice system.

Hey, staying out of Dogpatch is motivation enough for any sane person.

I did my best to stay out of the politics.

In exchange, Harris gets up to 32 percent of Panopticom's stock and promises to stay out of Auerbach's hair.

Switzer is regarded as a figurehead who basically just stays out of the way.

Through it all, Daley stayed out of sight.

We stay out of the kitchen in the mornings while she is getting ready to go to work.

step out of line

The boss is very tough on anyone who steps out of line.

The prisoners were warned that if they stepped out of line they would be severely punished.

He's not going to step out of line unnecessarily.

stick it out

I'm going to stick it out just to prove to him that I can do it.

A few have stuck it out when it might have been better for all concerned if they had resigned.

But he does know something about sticking it out.

I stuck it out the window, pointed it at the garage, and clicked it.

I did not persuade or influence him; he intended all along to stick it out until the end.

I knew she had to come to me each time, it was just a case of sticking it out.

Oh well, I've stuck it out so far.

She stuck it out for half an hour, feeling the thuds that Ben made vibrate through the car.

She said she'd stuck it out with my father all these years, just for my sake.

stick out to sb/stick out in sb's mind

stick your neck out

Look, I'll stick my neck out and say it'll be finished by tomorrow evening.

The evidence is good, but I won't stick my neck out until all the data is in.

And many economists are reluctant to stick their necks out.

He'd stuck his neck out all right, but not as much as he'd led Holman to believe.

I want to stick my neck out and help her.

It was a place for people who wanted to stick their necks out.

Let Bixby stick his neck out for once, he thought as he stared wearily at his folded hands.

She listened to his ideas, had even stuck her neck out to champion some of his more radical plans.

So I have decided to stick my neck out and to make some predictions for the next 30 years.

You don't have to stick your neck out in meetings.

stick/stand out like a sore thumb

You can't come to the restaurant dressed in jeans. You'd stick out like a sore thumb.

For these reasons feminist values stand out like a sore thumb.

Having a whole batch together should make an odd one stick out like a sore thumb.

Having said that, in some of the bits of Shoreditch I passed through I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I mean, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

There's no cover, and - as happened to me - any stranger sticks out like a sore thumb.

We stand out like sore thumbs.

You stick out like a sore thumb in that ghastly uniform, Charles.

straighten sth ↔ out

stretch sth ↔ out

strike out on your own

It feels great to strike out on your own and find a job and a place to live.

After problems in obtaining components, Comart struck out on its own, producing its Comart Communicator, a small business computer.

And I was beginning to feel I wanted to strike out on my own.

But she was right: it is time for him to strike out on his own.

Glover was afraid Paul was going to strike out on his own with that suitcase, with that hat on his head.

I found that I could quickly discard the handbook in favour of striking out on my own and was quite satisfied with the results.

Or should I throw off all restraints and strike out on my own?

So why not strike out on your own?

The time was finally ripe, they decided, to strike out on their own.

strike sth ↔ out

strike sth ↔ out

style it out

take a leaf out of sb's book

take a lot out of you/take it out of you

take sb out of themselves

Ain't you ever heard of taking people out of themselves?

take sb ↔ out

take sb/sth ↔ out

take sth ↔ out

take sth ↔ out

take sth ↔ out

take the easy way out

Too many people take the easy way out of financial trouble by declaring bankruptcy.

But these days, if it looks as if it's going to be nasty, I take the easy way out.

Fishwick, however, does not take the easy way out.

Not surprisingly they take the easy way out when food is put out for them each day.

This healthy, realistic fear helps the organization resist the temptation to take the easy way out of a problematic situation.

take the mickey (out of sb)

Abu Salim was a pain, which is why it was such a relief to take the mickey out of him.

He and his friend Keith took the mickey out of the rich.

I liked it because he was taking the mickey out of himself.

They would take the mickey out of me with sickening enthusiasm.

We take the mickey out of Mr Brown quite a lot, actually.

You could trust him not to take the mickey , or to turn round and bite your head off.

You guys take the mickey , and call me Count.

take the piss (out of sb/sth)

take the wind out of sb's sails

Last night's defeat has taken some of the wind out of the team's sails.

take the words (right) out of sb's mouth

take time out (to do sth)

A: I am going to take time out and go to college.

Actress Beverley D'Angelo is taking time out from her screen career to perform a risqué country set across the Bible belt.

At the product's launch, the company took time out to damn 3Com's boundary routing scheme with faint praise.

Despite his increasingly hectic schedule, Haden graciously took time out to be interviewed about the Quartet and the Jazzfest tour.

I shall take time out to call at Aurae Phiala.

If you actually worked for Jobs, he took time out from preaching the Mac gospel to meddle in your life.

Nurses in Training Questions: Do nurse teachers take time out to discuss their teaching methods with their peers?

The 73-year-old Republican standard-bearer took time out of his busy campaign schedule last week to search for those roots.

take/quote sth out of context

Jennings accused the program of quoting him out of context .

By confusing unrelated issues and taking information out of context , you do readers a great disservice.

This has been taken completely out of context .

talk your way out of sth

How did Cindy talk her way out of getting a speeding ticket?

He was explaining something to the police with no apparent concern, talking his way out of it.

I could talk my way out of trouble.

Then, Benjamin tries to talk his way out of it by saying that he slowed down at the stop sign.

tear sb's heart (out)/tear at sb's heart

the bottom drops/falls out of the market

the ins and outs of sth

I can't tell you all the ins and outs of the situation over the phone, I'll write to you next week.

I found I needed to spend quite a while learning all the ins and outs of the system.

the jury is (still) out on sth

the knives are out (for sb)

The service is in ferment at the moment, the knives are out.

the odd man/one out

I was always the odd man out in my class at school.

And Joe Bowie remains the odd man out, uncoupled at the end.

At each stage of the story, Britain has been the odd man out.

He was the odd one out in a gifted family.

Others are widowed or divorced, and hate being the odd one out among friends who are all couples.

Unless Spencer is traded, the latter seems to be the odd man out despite showing improvement in the preseason.

Which of the following grape varieties is the odd one out? 4.

Why is it always the odd man out?

the truth will out

throw sb out of work/office etc

Elections are invaluable, however, for providing the people with a peaceful way of throwing politicians out of office.

Naturally, stock market crashes and recessions end up tossing businesses into bankruptcy court and throwing people out of work.

Well, O. K. But throw him out of office in a rank-and-file election?

throw the baby out with the bath water

time out of mind

turn a room/building etc inside out

turn sb ↔ out

turn sth inside out

Turn the pants inside out before you wash them.

I've turned the house upside down looking for that book!

Lukens' theories have turned the financial world upside down.

Declaring the shirt offensive, she ordered Jeffrey to take it off or turn it inside out.

Hayward Wiggins launched a kids' summer enrichment program nine years ago, he turned the rules inside out.

I turned my collar inside out.

In effect, it turns the nozzle inside out.

Objectivism thus turns existentialism inside out.

The ship leaped and juddered as if trying to turn to inside out.

This brief scene, so unexpected and devastating, turns Blue inside out.

turn sth ↔ out

turn sth ↔ out

turn the light out

He turned the light out as the clergyman left the room.

I take the car up as far as it will go, then turn the lights out.

They turned the lights out and sat in fear.

Would you mind turning the light out, Robert?

vote sb into/out of power/office/parliament etc

Four of the five who voted him out of office either refused to discuss the removal or did not return phone calls.

wash sth ↔ out

wash your mouth out!

wear out your welcome

For a decade, Jerusalem continued approaching Washington with a measure of humility, careful not to wear out its welcome.

I mean when you get bored or some one wears out their welcome do you treat them like you would your job?

They may become tired of being asked constantly; you may wear out your welcome.

wear sb out

well/beautifully/badly etc turned out

He looks trim and well turned out in a new dark suit.

Mr. Russ's deputy was Mr. Windust, then probably in his late thirties - always smart and well turned out.

whacked out

wipe sb ↔ out

wipe sth ↔ out

work sth ↔ out

work sth ↔ out

work sth ↔ out

work/sweat your guts out

worm your way out of (doing) sth

Somehow Ben wormed his way out of mowing the lawn.

year after year/year in, year out

your heart/thoughts go out to sb

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Actually, he managed six outs, though the assignment was closer to 12.

But the user must be patient when learning the ins and outs of an expansion card.

Mussina recovered to get the next two outs, stranding runners in scoring position.

Now you know all the ins and outs of cricket.

With two outs and runners at first and third, A&M tried a delayed double steal.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.