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turnout

[turn-out] /ˈtɜrnˌaʊt/
noun
1.
the gathering of persons who come to an exhibition, party, spectacle, or the like:
They had a large turnout at the meeting.
2.
quantity of production; output.
3.
an act of turning out.
4.
the manner or style in which a person or thing is equipped, dressed, etc.
5.
equipment; outfit.
6.
a short side track, space, spur, etc., that enables trains, automobiles, etc., to pass one another or park.
7.
Ballet. the turning out of the legs from the hips, with the feet back to back or heel to heel.
8.
Railroads. a track structure composed of a switch, a frog, and closure rails, permitting a train to leave a given track for a branching or parallel track.
Compare crossover (def 6).
Origin of turnout
1680-1690
1680-90; noun use of verb phrase turn out
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n.

"audience," 1816, from the verbal phrase; see turn (v.) + out (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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turnout

noun

  1. An audience, the participants at a meeting, etc: We always get a good turnout for the council sessions (1816+)
  2. Clothing; dress; get-up, togs (1859+)
  3. A heterosexual man who turns homosexual: A Navy turnout is one who went in heterosexual but came out dreaming of pecker (1970s+ Homosexuals)
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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