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let-out

[ adjective let-out; noun let-out ]
/ adjective ˈlɛtˈaʊt; noun ˈlɛtˌaʊt /
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adjective

(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.

noun

Chiefly British. a means of escape; loophole.

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Origin of let-out

First recorded in 1830–40; adj., noun use of verb phrase let out
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British Dictionary definitions for let-out

let out

verb (adverb, mainly tr)

noun let-out

a chance to escape
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Idioms and Phrases with let-out

let out

1

Allow to get out; also see get out of.

2

Make known, reveal, as in I thought it was a secret—who let it out? [First half of 1800s] Also see let the cat out of the bag.

3

Come to a close, end, as in What time does school let out? [Late 1800s]

4

Increase the size of a garment, as in May's coat needs to be let out across the shoulders. This usage refers to opening some of the seams. [Late 1700s]

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