Idioms

Origin of ship

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English scip; cognate with Dutch schip, German Schiff, Old Norse, Gothic skip; (v.) Middle English s(c)hip(p)en, derivative of the noun

Related forms

ship·less, adjectiveship·less·ly, adverbmis·ship, verb, mis·shipped, mis·ship·ping.pre·ship, verb (used with object), pre·shipped, pre·ship·ping.
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British Dictionary definitions for ship out (1 of 2)

ship out


verb

(adverb) to depart or cause to depart by shipwe shipped out at dawn; they shipped out the new recruits

British Dictionary definitions for ship out (2 of 2)

ship

/ (ʃɪp) /

noun

verb ships, shipping or shipped

See also ship out

Derived Forms

shippable, adjective

Word Origin for ship

Old English scip; related to Old Norse skip, Old High German skif ship, scipfī cup
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Idioms and Phrases with ship out (1 of 2)

ship out


1

Leave, especially for a distant place, as in The transport planes carried troops shipping out to the Mediterranean. Although this usage originally meant “depart by ship,” the expression is no longer limited to that mode of travel. [c. 1900]

2

Send, export, especially to a distant place, as in The factory shipped out many more orders last month. [Mid-1600s]

3

Quit a job or be fired; see shape up, def. 3.

Idioms and Phrases with ship out (2 of 2)

ship


In addition to the idioms beginning with ship

  • ship of state
  • ship out
  • ships that pass in the night

also see:

  • desert a sinking ship
  • enough to sink a ship
  • shape up (or ship out)
  • tight ship
  • when one's ship comes in
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