[ drahy-out ]

  1. the process or an instance of drying out: applying compost to the garden soil to retard dryout.

  2. Informal. a facility for detoxifying alcoholic patients.

Origin of dryout

Noun use of verb phrase dry out

Words Nearby dryout

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British Dictionary definitions for dry out

dry out

  1. to make or become dry

  2. to undergo or cause to undergo treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction

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Other Idioms and Phrases with dryout


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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