give out

  1. (tr) to emit or discharge

  2. (tr) to publish or make known: the chairman gave out that he would resign

  1. (tr) to hand out or distribute: they gave out free chewing gum on the street

  2. (intr) to become exhausted; fail: the supply of candles gave out

  3. (intr foll by to) Irish informal to reprimand (someone) at length

  4. (tr) cricket (of an umpire) to declare (a batsman) dismissed

Words Nearby give out

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How to use give out in a sentence

  • Mother thinks a dash-churn, stand and flap the dasher straight up and down till your arms and legs give out, is the best kind.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • Fitzwilliam was also told to give out that the expedition was not intended against the natives, but against the usurping Scots.

  • It should be steady, and it should not give out great heat nor injurious products of combustion.

  • My cosen Joyce Norton kept the wine and cakes above; and did give out to them that served, who had white gloves given them.

  • The cue had been given him, and he proceeded to give out nickels to the new boys, urging them to "pay Joe quick."

    The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts

Other Idioms and Phrases with give out

give out

Allow to be known, declare publicly, as in They gave out that she was ill. [Mid-1300s]

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