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           See also individual phrasal verbs such as come out, go out, put out, take out, pull out, and so on.
     1. adv. Away from the inside or the centre.
           The magician pulled the rabbit out of the hat.
     2. adv. Away from home or one's usual place.
           Let's eat out tonight
     3. adv. Outside; not indoors.
           Last night we slept out under the stars.
     4. adv. Away from; at a distance.
           Keep out!
     5. adv. Into a state of non-operation; into non-existence.
           Switch the lights out.
           Put the fire out.
     6. adv. To the end; completely.
           I hadn't finished. Hear me out.
     7. adv. Used to intensify or emphasize.
           The place was all decked out for the holidays.
     8. adv. (of the sun, moon, stars, etc.) So as to be visible in the sky, and not covered by clouds, fog, etc.
           The sun came out after the rain, and we saw a rainbow.
     9. adv. (cricket, baseball) Of a player, so as to be disqualified from playing further by some action of a member of the opposing team (such as being stumped in cricket).
           Wilson was bowled out for five runs.
     10. prep. (nonstandard, contraction of out of) Away from the inside.
           He threw it out the door.
     11. prep. (colloquial) Outside.
           It's raining out.
           It's cold out.
     12. n. A means of exit, escape, reprieve, etc.
           They wrote the law to give those organizations an out.
     13. n. (baseball) A state in which a member of the batting team is removed from play due to the application of various rules of the game such as striking out, hitting a fly ball which is caught by the fieldi
     14. n. (cricket) A dismissal; a state in which a member of the batting team finishes his turn at bat, due to the application of various rules of the game, such as the bowler knocking over the batsman's wicke
     15. n. (poker) A card which can make a hand a winner.
     16. n. (dated) A trip out; an outing.
     17. n. (mostly, in plural) One who, or that which, is out; especially, one who is out of office.
     18. n. A place or space outside of something; a nook or corner; an angle projecting outward; an open space.
     19. n. (printing, dated) A word or words omitted by the compositor in setting up copy; an omission.
     20. v. To eject; to expel.
     21. v. To reveal (a person) to be gay, bisexual, or transgender.
     22. v. To reveal (a person or organization) as having a certain secret, such as a being a secret agent or undercover detective.
     23. v. To reveal (a secret).
           A Brazilian company outed the new mobile phone design.
     24. v. (intransitive, archaic) To come or go out; to get out or away; to become public.
     25. v. To become apparent.
     26. adj. Not at home; not at one's office or place of employment.
           I'm sorry, Mr Smith is out at the moment.
     27. adj. Released, available for purchase, download or other use.
           Did you hear? Their newest CD is out!
     28. adj. (in various games; used especially of a batsman or batter in cricket or baseball) Dismissed from play under the rules of the game.
           He bowls, Johnson pokes at it ... and ... Johnson is out! Caught behind by Ponsonby!
     29. adj. Openly acknowledging that one is gay or transgender.
           It's no big deal to be out in the entertainment business.
     30. adj. (of flowers) In bloom.
           The garden looks beautiful now that the roses are out.
     31. adj. (of the sun, moon or stars) Visible in the sky; not obscured by clouds.
           The sun is out, and it's a lovely day.
     32. adj. (of lamps, fires etc.) Not shining or burning.
           I called round to the house but all the lights were out and no one was home.
     33. adj. (of ideas, plans, etc.) Discarded; no longer a possibility.
           Right, so that idea's out. Let's move on to the next one.
     34. adj. No longer popular or in fashion.
           Black is out this season. The new black is white.
     35. adj. Without; no longer in possession of; not having more
           Do you have any bread? Sorry, we're out.
     36. adj. (of calculations or measurements) Containing errors or discrepancies; in error by a stated amount.
           Nothing adds up in this report. All these figures are out.
           The measurement was out by three millimetres.
     37. adj. (obsolete) Of a young lady: having entered society and available to be courted.
     38. interj. (procedure word, especially, military) A radio procedure word meaning that the station is finished with its transmission and does not expect a response.
           Destruction. Two T-72s destroyed. Three foot mobiles down. Out.
he went out
and choked out
     1. prep. Expressing distance or motion.
     2. prep.          (now obsolete, or dialectal) From (of distance, direction), "off".
     3. prep.          (obsolete except in phrases) Since, from (a given time, earlier state etc.).
     4. prep.          From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.).
                    There are no shops within twenty miles of the cottage.
     5. prep.          (North America, Scotland, Ireland) Before (the hour); to.
                    What's the time? / Nearly a quarter of three.
     6. prep. Expressing separation.
     7. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with the action indicated by a transitive verb and the quality or substance by a grammatical object.)
                    Finally she was relieved of the burden of caring for her sick husband.
     8. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with resulting state indicated by an adjective.)
                    He seemed devoid of human feelings.
     9. prep.          (obsolete) (Indicating removal, absence or separation, construed with an intransitive verb.)
     10. prep. Expressing origin.
     11. prep.          (Indicating an ancestral source or origin of descent.)
                    The word is believed to be of Japanese origin.
     12. prep.          (Indicating a (non-physical) source of action or emotion; introducing a cause, instigation); from, out of, as an expression of.
                    The invention was born of necessity.
     13. prep.          (following an intransitive verb) (Indicates the source or cause of the verb.)
                    It is said that she died of a broken heart.
     14. prep.          (following an adjective) (Indicates the subject or cause of the adjective.)
                    I am tired of all this nonsense.
     15. prep. Expressing agency.
     16. prep.          (following a passive verb) (Indicates the agent (for most verbs, now usually expressed with by).)
                    I am not particularly enamoured of this idea.
     17. prep.          (Used to introduce the "subjective genitive"; following a noun to form the head of a postmodifying noun phrase) (see also 'Possession' senses below).
                    The contract can be terminated at any time with the agreement of both parties.
     18. prep.          (following an adjective) (Used to indicate the agent of something described by the adjective.)
                    It was very brave of you to speak out like that.
     19. prep. Expressing composition, substance.
     20. prep.          (after a verb expressing construction, making etc.) (Used to indicate the material or substance used.)
                    Many 'corks' are now actually made of plastic.
     21. prep.          (directly following a noun) (Used to indicate the material of the just-mentioned object.)
                    She wore a dress of silk.
     22. prep.          (Indicating the composition of a given collective or quantitative noun.)
                    What a lot of nonsense!
     23. prep.          (Used to link a given class of things with a specific example of that class.)
                   Welcome to the historic town of Harwich.
     24. prep.          (Links two nouns in near-apposition, with the first qualifying the second); "which is also".
                    I'm not driving this wreck of a car.
     25. prep. Introducing subject matter.
     26. prep.          (Links an intransitive verb, or a transitive verb and its subject (especially verbs to do with thinking, feeling, expressing etc.), with its subject-ma
                    I'm always thinking of you.
     27. prep.          (following a noun (now chiefly nouns of knowledge, communication etc.)) (Introduces its subject matter); about, concerning.
                    He told us the story of his journey to India.
     28. prep.          (following an adjective) (Introduces its subject matter.)
                    This behaviour is typical of teenagers.
     29. prep. Having partitive effect.
     30. prep.          (following a number or other quantitive word) (Introduces the whole for which is indicated only the specified part or segment); "from among".
                    Most of these apples are rotten.
     31. prep.          (following a noun) (Indicates a given part.)
     32. prep.          (now archaic, literary, with preceding partitive word assumed, or as a predicate after to be) Some, an amount of, one of.
                    On the whole, they seem to be of the decent sort.
     33. prep.          (Links to a genitive noun or possessive pronoun, with partitive effect (though now often merged with possessive senses, below).)
                    He is a friend of mine.
     34. prep. Expressing possession.
     35. prep.          Belonging to, existing in, or taking place in a given location, place or time. Compare "origin" senses, above.
                    He was perhaps the most famous scientist of the twentieth century.
     36. prep.          Belonging to (a place) through having title, ownership or control over it.
                    The owner of the nightclub was arrested.
     37. prep.          Belonging to (someone or something) as something they possess or have as a characteristic; (the "possessive genitive". (With abstract nouns, this inter
                    Keep the handle of the saucepan away from the flames.
     38. prep. Forming the "objective genitive".
     39. prep.          (Follows an agent noun, verbal noun or noun of action.)
                    She had a profound distrust of the police.
     40. prep. Expressing qualities or characteristics.
     41. prep.          (now archaic, or literary) (Links an adjective with a noun or noun phrase to form a quasi-adverbial qualifier); in respect to, as regards.
                    My companion seemed affable and easy of manner.
     42. prep.          (Indicates a quality or characteristic); "characterized by".
                    Pooh was said to be a bear of very little brain.
     43. prep.          (Indicates quantity, age, price, etc.)
                    We have been paying interest at a rate of 10%.
     44. prep.          (US, informal considered incorrect by some) (Used to link singular indefinite nouns (preceded by the indefinite article) and attributive adjectives mod
                    It's not that big of a deal.
     45. prep. Expressing a point in time.
     46. prep.          (chiefly regional) During the course of (a set period of time, day of the week etc.), now specifically with implied repetition or regularity.
                    Of an evening, we would often go for a stroll along the river.
     47. prep.          (UK dialectal, chiefly in negative constructions) For (a given length of time).
                    I've not tekken her out of a goodly long while.
     48. prep.          (after a noun) (Indicates duration of a state, activity etc.)
                    After a delay of three hours, the plane finally took off.
of growing horror
like the body of a dog
     1. n. A state in which opposing forces harmonise; equilibrium.
     2. n. Mental equilibrium; mental health; calmness, a state of remaining clear-headed and unperturbed.
     3. n. (literally, or figuratively) Something of equal weight used to provide equilibrium; counterweight.
           These weights are used as a balance for the overhanging verandah.
           Blair thought he could provide a useful balance to Bush's policies.
     4. n. A pair of scales.
     5. n. Awareness of both viewpoints or matters; neutrality; rationality; objectivity.
     6. n. The overall result of conflicting forces, opinions etc.; the influence which ultimately "weighs" more than others.
           The balance of power finally lay with the Royalist forces.
           I think the balance of opinion is that we should get out while we're ahead.
     7. n. Apparent harmony in art (between differing colours, sounds, etc.).
     8. n. (accounting) A list accounting for the debits on one side, and for the credits on the other.
     9. n. (accounting) The result of such a procedure; the difference between credit and debit of an account.
           I just need to nip to a bank and check my balance.
     10. n. (watchmaking) A device used to regulate the speed of a watch, clock etc.
     11. n. (legal, business) The remainder.
           The balance of the agreement remains in effect.
           The invoice said he had only paid $50. The balance was $220.
     12. n. (obsolete, astrology) Libra.
     13. v. To bring (items) to an equipoise, as the scales of a balance by adjusting the weights.
     14. v. (transitive, figurative) To make (concepts) agree.
     15. v. To hold (an object or objects) precariously; to support on a narrow base, so as to keep from falling.
           I balanced my mug of coffee on my knee.
           The circus performer balances a plate on the end of a baton.
     16. v. To compare in relative force, importance, value, etc.; to estimate.
     17. v. (transitive, dancing) To move toward, and then back from, reciprocally.
           to balance partners
     18. v. (nautical) To contract, as a sail, into a narrower compass.
           to balance the boom mainsail
     19. v. To make the credits and debits of (an account) correspond.
           This final payment, or credit, balances the account.
           to balance a set of books
     20. v. (intransitive) To be in equilibrium.
     21. v. (intransitive) To have matching credits and debits.
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