[ get-out ]

  1. Commerce. the break-even point.

  2. 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 about get-out

  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use get-out in a sentence

  • Too bad our little pup-party busted up that way, muttered Phil; but we were lucky to gug-gug-get out without anybody getting wise.

  • I aint goin to have you actin like all get-out, just because Chalmys went and married the gal he loved, disappointin you, thereby.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • I got hold of the leg of the table, and held on like all get-out.

  • D' yu' reckon they find joyful digestion in this swallo'-an'-get-out trough?

    The Virginian | Owen Wister
  • If we want to beat Boxer Hall weve got to do some tall hustling, and practice like all get-out!

    The Eight-Oared Victors | Lester Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for get out

get out

  1. to leave or escape or cause to leave or escape: used in the imperative when dismissing a person

  2. to make or become known; publish or be published

  1. (tr) to express with difficulty

  2. (tr often foll by of) to extract (information or money) (from a person): to get a confession out of a criminal

  3. (tr) to gain or receive something, esp something of significance or value: you get out of life what you put into it

  4. (foll by of) to avoid or cause to avoid: she always gets out of swimming

  5. (tr) to solve (a puzzle or problem) successfully

  6. cricket to dismiss or be dismissed

  1. an escape, as from a difficult situation

  2. theatre the process of moving out of a theatre the scenery, props, and costumes after a production

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

Other Idioms and Phrases with get-out


Leave, escape, as in With good conduct he'll get out of prison in a few months, or In case of a fire, we just want to get out alive. [c. 1300] This phrase is also used as an imperative, ordering someone to depart. For example, Get out! You've no business being in here. [c. 1700] Also see get out of, def. 1.

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