or stop·out

[ stop-out ]

  1. a temporary withdrawal from school or a delay in the pursuit of one's education.

  2. a student who withdraws from school temporarily.

Origin of stop-out

First recorded in 1970–75; stop + (drop)out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stop-out in a sentence

  • I was forced to lay out about fifty shillings to stop out the rain, and keep the room from smoking so much.

    George Fox | George Fox
  • He has never done such a thing in his life as to stop out all night.

    Averil | Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • "Promise me you will not stop out long, Vera," says Sir John to her as they go side by side down the drive.

    Vera Nevill | Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • This is not necessary, however, in our present case, and you may therefore stop out the whole background.

    A Treatise on Etching | Maxime Lalanne
  • It will be necessary to stop out the latter before the former, otherwise you will have a discordant difference in tone.

    A Treatise on Etching | Maxime Lalanne

British Dictionary definitions for stop out

stop out

  1. (tr, adverb) to cover (part of the area) of a piece of cloth, printing plate, etc, to prevent it from being dyed, etched, etc

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