- the beginning or start: I wanted to explain the situation at the outset.
Origin of outset
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Examples from the Web for outset
But the real money, Washington believed, lay in the western land investments he had made at the outset of the war.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
Bill Clinton courted Mixner and his expertise at the outset of his run for president.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Things seem fine at the outset, as they always do—the children are fun and adorable, the husband and wife happy and carefree.‘Force Majeure’ and the Swedish Family Vacation From Hell
October 27, 2014
At the outset, only a handful of the victims spoke out about what had happened to them.Jennifer Lawrence’s Furious, Perfect Response to Nude Photo Leak: “It Is a Sex Crime”
October 7, 2014
Is it day to day, game to game, or do they prepare a master plan from the outset.Tony La Russa Explains How To Make It To The World Series
October 4, 2014
But from the outset the plan was received with universal favor.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Just at the outset, the act of seeing made not the least impression on her numbed brain.
His instinct of sympathy with which he had greeted her at the outset was repelled, and made of no avail.
He was vastly astonished at the outset and not quite pleased.
Yet, at the outset, he could not be sure that she still lived.
- a start; beginning (esp in the phrase from (or at) the outset)
Word Origin and History for outset
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with outset
see at the outset.
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