[out-n-out, -nd-out]


complete; total; thoroughgoing: an out-and-out lie.

Origin of out-and-out

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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Examples from the Web for out-and-out

Contemporary Examples of out-and-out

  • And more broadly I think we need a higher bar for what we view as out-and-out race baiting.

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    Is Romney a Race Baiter?

    John McWhorter

    August 29, 2012

Historical Examples of out-and-out

  • Mrs. Bines declared that it did seem to her very much like out-and-out gambling.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • But you don't mind confessing you're an out-and-out rebel sympathizer?

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • Work until you are out-and-out weary, then rest, and you'll be able to work again.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • This animal here is a plug; an out-and-out plug of the first water.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • With her gaze searching him so steadily, it had to be an out-and-out lie to serve.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for out-and-out



(prenominal) thoroughgoing; complete
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