carry-out

or car·ry·out

[ kar-ee-out ]
/ ˈkær iˌaʊt /

noun, adjective

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Origin of carry-out

1965–70, Americanism; adj. use of verb phrase carry out
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British Dictionary definitions for carry-out

carry out

verb (tr, adverb)

to perform or cause to be implementedI wish he could afford to carry out his plan
to bring to completion; accomplish

noun carry-out mainly Scot

alcohol bought at a pub or off-licence for consumption elsewhere
  1. hot cooked food bought at a shop or restaurant for consumption elsewhere
  2. a shop or restaurant that sells such foodwe'll get something from the Chinese carry-out
  3. (as modifier)a carry-out shop
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Idioms and Phrases with carry-out

carry out

1

Accomplish, bring to a conclusion, as in They carried out the mission successfully. Shakespeare had this term in King Lear (5:1): “And hardly shall I carry out my side, Her husband being alive.” [Late 1500s]

2

Put in practice or effect, as in We will carry out the new policy, or Please carry out my instructions. [Mid-1800s]

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