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dryout

[ drahy-out ]
/ ˈdraɪˌaʊt /
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noun

the process or an instance of drying out: applying compost to the garden soil to retard dryout.
Informal. a facility for detoxifying alcoholic patients.

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Origin of dryout

Noun use of verb phrase dry out
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British Dictionary definitions for dryout

dry out

verb (adverb)

to make or become dry
to undergo or cause to undergo treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with dryout

dry out

Undergo a cure for alcoholism, as in After years of constant drinking, he realized that he needed to dry out. [1960s]

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