verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- in a desperate situation; beyond help: His financial affairs are up the spout.
Origin of spout
Synonyms for spout
Related Words for spoutgush, shoot, stream, jet, spill, expel, pour, surge, cascade, spray, erupt, discharge, eject, squirt, exude, roll, orate, declaim, ramble, boast
Examples from the Web for spout
Contemporary Examples of spout
Meaning, Williams has basically previously displayed his willingness to spout government propaganda in exchange for cash.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew
November 12, 2014
The spout was almost universally believed to be a sign of the apocalypse.
If the spout was air and not water, then there was no necessary reason for it to be confined to seas and oceans.
So this meant that the solid appearance of the spout had to be an illusion.
Emboldened by the last round of war, factions of Hamas compete for who can spout the most invective against Israel.Daniel Gordis Has It Backwards
December 11, 2012
Historical Examples of spout
Mallyan's Spout is the most imposing, having a drop of about 76 feet.Yorkshire Painted And Described
Its spout was torn and ragged like the mouth of a gun when a shell has burst there.American Notes
Why should it not be "up the spout," instead of in a jewel-box?The Lightning Conductor Discovers America
C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
Just below the lid, and above the spout, was a hole as large as a dime.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
It came out by itself, as the spout of a teapot had once come off by itself in her hand.A Great Man
- ruined or lostany hope of rescue is right up the spout
Word Origin for spout
early 14c., related to Middle Dutch spoiten "to spout," North Frisian spütji "spout, squirt," Swedish sputa "to spout," and probably Middle Dutch spuwen "to spit" (see spew). Meaning "to talk, declaim" is recorded from 1610s.
late 14c., from spout (v.). It was the slang term for the lift in a pawnbroker's shop, up which articles were taken for storage, hence figurative phrase up the spout "lost, hopeless, gone beyond recall" (1812).