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
Examples from the Web for spouter
Historical Examples of spouter
"And if they don't, you let me know, and we'll attend to them," said Spouter to his cousin.
"You ought to let us all have a hand in that, Andy," put in Spouter.
"Right you are," had come from his particular chum, Spouter Powell.
"Well, Spouter Powell is a good skater, too," returned another.
Again there was a silence, and then Spouter came to the front.
- 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).