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[get-out] /ˈgɛtˌaʊt/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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!

    The Eight-Oared Victors

    Lester Chadwick
  • I aint goin to have you actin like all get-out, just because Chalmys went and married the gal he loved, disappointin you, thereby.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • D' yu' reckon they find joyful digestion in this swallo'-an'-get-out trough?

    The Virginian Owen Wister
Word Origin and History for get-out

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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