[ adjective let-out; noun let-out ]

  1. (of fur) processed by cutting parallel diagonal slashes into the pelt and sewing the slashed edges together to lengthen the pelt and to improve the appearance of the fur.

  1. Chiefly British. a means of escape; loophole.

Origin of let-out

First recorded in 1830–40; adj., noun use of verb phrase let out

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How to use let-out in a sentence

  • Her plaid dress of mixed wool was always wrinkled by rain, and despite the let-out tucks was ever too short.

    The Song of Songs | Hermann Sudermann

British Dictionary definitions for let out

let out

verb(adverb, mainly tr)
  1. to give vent to; emit: to let out a howl

  2. to allow to go or run free; release

  1. (may take a clause as object) to reveal (a secret)

  2. to make available to tenants, hirers, or contractors

  3. to permit to flow out: to let air out of the tyres

  4. to make (a garment) larger, as by unpicking (the seams) and sewing nearer the outer edge

  1. a chance to escape

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Other Idioms and Phrases with let-out


Allow to get out; also see get out of.

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