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out-and-out

[ out-n-out, -nd-out ]
/ ˈaʊt nˈaʊt, -ndˈaʊt /
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adjective

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

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Origin of out-and-out

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325
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out-and-out

adjective

(prenominal) thoroughgoing; complete
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