WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS noun . 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. Idioms 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
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Word Origin and History for as all getout
to indicate a high degree of something, attested from 1838.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with as all getout
To the ultimate degree, as in
She made him furious as all getout. The American writer Joseph C. Neal had it in his Character Sketches (1838): “We look as elegant and as beautiful as get out.” Today it always includes all. [ Colloquial; first half of 1800s]
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