[ klohz-out ]
/ ˈkloʊzˌaʊt /
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a sale on all goods in liquidating a business.
a sale on goods of a type that will no longer be carried by the store.
an article of merchandise offered for sale at a closeout.
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Origin of closeout

First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase close out
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How to use closeout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for closeout

close out
/ (kləʊz) /

(adverb) to terminate (a client's or other account) on which the margin is inadequate or exhausted, usually by sale of securities to realize cash
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Other Idioms and Phrases with closeout

close out


Also, close something out. Dispose of a stock of goods; end a business. For example, We are closing out all our china, or They've decided to close out their downtown branch. This expression is most often used in business and commerce but occasionally refers to other matters. [Late 1800s]


close someone out. Prevent someone's entry or inclusion, as in No one will tell us about the merger—we've been closed out. [Second half of 1900s]

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