let-out

[ adjective let-out; noun let-out ]

adjective
  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.

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

Origin of let-out

1
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

nounlet-out
  1. a chance to escape

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Other Idioms and Phrases with let-out

let-out

Allow to get out; also see get out of.

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