verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- in a desperate situation; beyond help: His financial affairs are up the spout.
Origin of spout
Examples from the Web for 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|Olivia Nuzzi|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
I can't take it with me, for it would be a bother, an' if it tried to spout po'try I'd be discovered in a jiffy.Sky Island|L. Frank Baum
By and by the ball bounded up into a spout, cuddling down among some soft old maple leaves, where Will could not see it.Happy Days for Boys and Girls|Various
It is of clay or terra-cotta, saucer-shaped, with or without a handle, and with a spout.At the Court of the Amr|John Alfred Gray
Fix it in your head, and when the time comes, just spout it.The Lash|Olin L. Lyman
How like him to arrange this setting, to bring things carefully to a climax, and then—to spout Browning at her!Why Joan?|Eleanor Mercein Kelly
- 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).