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[out-n-out, -nd-out] /ˈaʊt nˈaʊt, -ndˈaʊt/
complete; total; thoroughgoing:
an out-and-out lie.
Origin of out-and-out
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mrs. Bines declared that it did seem to her very much like out-and-out gambling.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • But you don't mind confessing you're an out-and-out rebel sympathizer?

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Work until you are out-and-out weary, then rest, and you'll be able to work again.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • This animal here is a plug; an out-and-out plug of the first water.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • With her gaze searching him so steadily, it had to be an out-and-out lie to serve.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • If it is the fellow I think it is, he is an out-and-out 'tough' and a blackguard.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • There was no reason to think that she was better to look at than 47 an out-and-out beauty.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • And there was an out-and-out tractor with multiple attachments.

  • I'm an out-and-out convert to his doctrines into the bargain.

    A Romantic Young Lady

    Robert Grant
British Dictionary definitions for out-and-out


(prenominal) thoroughgoing; complete
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for out-and-out



Thorough; complete: an out-and-out idiot

[1813+; as an adverb, found by 1325]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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