She tried to spell out ‘squeeze’ in the typical way, “but it was taken.”
Then again, if the men were actually naked, would you be able to spell out ‘Robin Thicke has a big dick’ in Mylar balloons?
He still had the use of one hand, and a computer, controlled by a single lever, allowed him to spell out sentences.
But to spell out what that change and modernization would involve, in racial terms?
Which is why no member of this once-courageous black organization will spell out its full name.
"Oh, she'll be all right, now she's had her spell out," assured Long Bill.
They form groups from which any one with imagination may spell out names.
To get to that country, O children of a king, you would have to turn and turn, and spell out every signpost.
But he knew his letters when we began, and could spell out a few words.
He was able to spell out the print of newspapers, and knew that he had performed the "greatest military exploit of modern times."
"name the letters of," Old English spellian "to tell, speak," infl. by Old French espeller "declare, spell," from Frankish *spellon "to tell;" both Old English and Frankish from Proto-Germanic *spellan (cf. Old High German spellon "to tell," Old Norse spjalla, Gothic spillon "to talk, tell"), from PIE *spel- "to say aloud, recite." Related: Spelled; spelling.
Meaning "write or say the letters of a word" is c.1400, from notion of "read letter by letter, read with difficulty" (c.1300). Spell out "explain step-by-step" is first recorded 1940, American English. Spelling bee is from 1878 (earlier simply spelling, 1860).
"work in place of (another)," Old English spelian "to take the place of," related to gespelia "substitute," of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to spilian "to play" (see spiel). Related: Spelled; spelling. The noun meaning "indefinite period of time" first recorded 1706.
"incantation, charm," Old English spell "story, speech," from Proto-Germanic *spellan (cf. Old Norse spjall, Old High German spel, Gothic spill "report, discourse, tale;" German Beispiel "example;" see spell (v.1)). Meaning "set of words with magical powers, incantation, charm" first recorded 1570s.
The term 'spell' is generally used for magical procedures which cause harm, or force people to do something against their will -- unlike charms for healing, protection, etc. ["Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore"]