[ out-uhv-toun ]


  1. of, relating to, or from another city or town:

    We're expecting out-of-town visitors tomorrow.

  2. taking place in another city or town:

    the out-of-town tryout of a new play.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of out-of-town1

First recorded in 1815–25
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Idioms and Phrases

Away from the town or city under consideration; away from home. For example, In his new job Tom will be going out of town nearly every week , or He's out of town but I'll have him call you when he gets back . [Late 1300s]
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Example Sentences

Many of the out-of-town culprits post bail and then mail in their pleas and payments later.

Nor does he believe in the slash-and-strip-the-assets approach of some other out-of-town landlords.

Everybody but our out-of-town friend—this was what she had known it was like.

Apparently the managing editor accepted it as something inevitable in an out-of-town assignment.

The committee claimed to have imported over 10,000 out-of-town building mechanics to take the places of the strikers.

Catalogues are given a wider circulation in America, and more dependence is placed on the receipt of bids from out-of-town buyers.

He was old enough to be twitted for bachelorhood, and to lay the blame upon an outdoor and out-of-town profession.

"Good-morning, sir," said the latter, thinking at first that he was encountering one of his out-of-town customers.


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