trot out


verb

(tr, adverb) informal to bring forward, as for approbation or admiration, esp repeatedlyhe trots out the same excuses every time

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Idioms and Phrases with trot out

trot out

Bring out and show for inspection and admiration, as in He trotted out all his old war medals. This expression alludes to leading out a horse to show off its various paces, including the trot. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]

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