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get-out

[get-out]
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noun
  1. Commerce. the break-even point.
  2. Chiefly British. a method or maneuver used to escape a difficult or embarrassing situation; cop-out: The scoundrel has used that get-out once too often.
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Idioms
  1. as all get-out, Informal. in the extreme; to the utmost degree: Once his mind is made up, he can be stubborn as all get-out.
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Origin of get-out

First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase get out
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Historical Examples

  • He's a good man, too; an awful good man and capable as all get-out when he's sober.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • I got hold of the leg of the table, and held on like all get-out.

  • She called from back of a curtain, and when I got into the parlour she had them on, pleased as all get-out.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Say, that seems like a bunch of those nasty little sand spurs that sting and poison like all get-out!

  • If we want to beat Boxer Hall weve got to do some tall hustling, and practice like all get-out!


Word Origin and History for get-out

to indicate a high degree of something, attested from 1838.

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