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[maks] /mæks/ Slang.
Verb phrases
max out,
  1. to reach a point at which no more improvement, profit, or benefit can occur; level off:
    In her last job she maxed out at $25,000 a year.
  2. to reach the limit of one's capacity, endurance, etc.:
    The sales department has maxed out and needs more personnel to call on new clients.
to the max, to the greatest or furthest degree; totally:
That book is disgusting to the max.
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max out

verb (adverb)
(informal) to reach or cause to reach the full extent or allowance: the goal was to max out the customer's credit card


noun (informal)
the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
to the max, to the ultimate extent
See also max out
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"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.

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max out

verb phrase

  1. MAX To make the best score, or one's best score (1970s+ Army)
  2. To do or contribute the maximum possible amount: go to the people with the potential of, as they say in the business, ''maxing out''
  3. To go to sleep (1970s+ College students)
  4. To reach the highest possible point; peak: It doesn't look to be a trend that's maxed-out (1990s+)
  5. To be used to the maximum: There's been a great outpouring of affection. The phones have been maxed out/teen angst is something that happens when your credit cards max out (1990s+)



At the most; at the highest limit: I do three cars a week, max (1970s+)


To win; do the very best (1950s+ College students)

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to the max

[fr maximum ''the highest possible grade,'' found by 1851]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with max out

max out

Exhaust one's options, capacity, or the like by producing or performing to the maximum, as in The weight lifter maxed out at 180 kilograms. [ ; late 1900s ]
Reach a point at which no more growth, improvement, or benefit is possible, as in The salary for this job maxes out at $90,000. [ ; late 1900s ]
Relax, take things easy, as in Let's go to the beach and max out. [ ; late 1900s ]
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