- to reach a point at which no more improvement, profit, or benefit can occur; level off: In her last job she maxed out at $25,000 a year.
- to reach the limit of one's capacity, endurance, etc.: The sales department has maxed out and needs more personnel to call on new clients.
Origin of max
Examples from the Web for max
Picasso and Guillaume can laugh through an entire night of suggestions, inventions, songs, games that Max plays with his face.
“Max in particular has been very smart about staying current and remaining a student of the craft,” Borchetta says.Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man: Max Martin, Elusive Hitmaker|Debra A. Klein|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Max, [my] agent, make me rich,” she says, the crowd roaring.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question|Nicholas McCarvel|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Max Drummer (Harrison Ford) is the CIA chief who ordered the expendables to take Stonebanks down.I Am The Hague! Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendable' Wet Dream|Amy Zimmerman|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Soon after he was cast in the critically beloved ABC sitcom Happy Endings, on which he played Max Blum.How 'The Mindy Project' Star Adam Pally Became Hollywood's Go-To 'Bro'|Kevin Fallon|August 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"But I hardly think Max would ever need a compass," Bandy-legs observed.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods|Lawrence J. Leslie
What will happen at the banquet between Max and Colonel Bridau?The Two Brothers|Honore de Balzac
Then with a quick glance the Queen asked abruptly: "Have you seen Max?"King John of Jingalo|Laurence Housman
Mr. Max Phillips brought a tape recorder into my home and as you know I do a lot of talking.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Max stopped in the act of trying for a carom, and stared at his sister.The Wharf by the Docks|Florence Warden
noun plural roaches or roach
Word Origin for roach
Word Origin for roach
"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.
shortened form of cockroach, 1837, on mistaken notion that it was a compound. In contemporary writing said to be from a polite desire to avoid the sexual connotation in the first syllable. Meaning "butt of a marijuana cigarette" is first recorded 1938, perhaps from resemblance to the insect, but perhaps a different word entirely.
small freshwater fish, c.1200, from Old French roche (13c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic source. Applied to similar-looking fish in North America.