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trot out


  1. informal.
    tr, adverb to bring forward, as for approbation or admiration, esp repeatedly

    he trots out the same excuses every time

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

And, of course, they trot out the Constitution to justify their actions, much as the slave holders did 150 years earlier.

Oscar forecasters like to trot out old statistics when deciding who will win which awards.

That's not who we are... We don't trot out this stuff as trophies.

As commencement rolls out across the country, legends and celebrities trot out for a final speech.

The two trot out one of the most chilling villains yet: Henri Benoit, a hired killer who targets young women.

I don't want to go back into my life, I don't want to trot out the old 'more sinned against than sinning' cliché.

It seemed so blamed foolish, Burt, to trot out a mummy and a hunk of gold and set up as a god on the strength of it!

Champ and Jimmy rushed into the locker room just as the big Blue team was about to trot out for the second half.

And every time that Ebenezer'd get up to go to bed, Peter'd trot out a new yarn and he'd have to stop to listen to that.

The carriage moved off, and Peer sat, with his arm round his bride, driving his horses at a sharp trot out along the fjord.


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