- Commerce. the break-even point.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of get-out
First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase get out
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Examples from the Web for get-out
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.The Strange Cabin on Catamount Island
Lawrence J. Leslie
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!The Hickory Ridge Boy Scouts: Under Canvas
If we want to beat Boxer Hall weve got to do some tall hustling, and practice like all get-out!The Eight-Oared Victors
Word Origin and History for get-out
to indicate a high degree of something, attested from 1838.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper