stop-out

or stop·out

[ stop-out ]
/ ˈstɒpˌaʊt /
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noun

a temporary withdrawal from school or a delay in the pursuit of one's education.
a student who withdraws from school temporarily.

Nearby words

  1. stop-loss,
  2. stop-loss clause,
  3. stop-loss order,
  4. stop-motion,
  5. stop-off,
  6. stop-work,
  7. stopbank,
  8. stopcock,
  9. stope,
  10. stoper

Origin of stop-out

First recorded in 1970–75; stop + (drop)out

Origin of stop

before 1000; Middle English stoppen (v.), Old English -stoppian (in forstoppian to stop up); cognate with Dutch, Low German stoppen, German stopfen; all ≪ Vulgar Latin *stuppāre to plug with oakum, derivative of Latin stuppa coarse hemp or flax < Greek stýppē

SYNONYMS FOR stop
ANTONYMS FOR stop
1–3. start.

Related formsstop·less, adjectivestop·less·ness, nounmul·ti·stop, adjective

Synonym study

3. Stop, arrest, check, halt imply causing a cessation of movement or progress (literal or figurative). Stop is the general term for the idea: to stop a clock. Arrest usually refers to stopping by imposing a sudden and complete restraint: to arrest development. Check implies bringing about an abrupt, partial, or temporary stop: to check a trotting horse. To halt means to make a temporary stop, especially one resulting from a command: to halt a company of soldiers.

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British Dictionary definitions for stop out

stop out

verb

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

stop

/ (stɒp) /

verb stops, stopping or stopped

noun


Derived Formsstoppable, adjective

Word Origin for stop

C14: from Old English stoppian (unattested), as in forstoppian to plug the ear, ultimately from Late Latin stuppāre to stop with a tow, from Latin stuppa tow, from Greek stuppē

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Word Origin and History for stop out
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with stop out

stop

In addition to the idioms beginning with stop

  • stop at nothing
  • stop by
  • stop cold
  • stop in
  • stop off
  • stop payment
  • stop short
  • stop someone's clock
  • stop the clock
  • stop up

also see:

  • buck stops here
  • pull out all the stops
  • put an end (a stop) to
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