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   1. available for marriage
   A shortened form of out in society, when girls approaching marriageable age had their season in which they met bachelors, among others. Despite the attraction of linking matrimony with the chase, I fear that we cannot call in aid the hunting jargon out, engaged on horseback chasing fox or deer:
    'Weren't you out last Saturday?' she asked... That's a nice cob you were on.' (Sassoon, 1928)
   2. overtly homosexual
   Having come out of the closet1. Whence the verb, meaning publicly to expose another's homosexuality:
    Militant activists claim that they are now 'negotiating' with five other bishops (who, it is said, are being urged to admit to homosexuality or be 'outed'). (Sunday Telegraph, 12 March 1995)
   In this context an outing is not a Sunday school treat but such involuntary exposure:
    It is here that Outrage's tactics, particularly in threatened 'outings' of individual clergymen, are likely to cut sharpest, (ibid. — Outrage is a homosexual pressure group)
   3. obsolete involved in a duel
   The venue was generally in the open air:
    'And for the sake of practice you insulted six fencing masters in a week before your duel?' 'I had the privilege of being out seven times in as many days, sire,' I said. (A. C. Doyle, 1895)

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  • out — out …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Out — (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.] In its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out at — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out in — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out of — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out on — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out — out·age; out·back·er; out·breathed; out·bye; out·come; out·com·er; out·com·ing; out·cri·er; out·crop·per; out·done; out·door; out·doors·man; out·doorsy; out·er·most; out·fang·thief; out·field·er; out·field·ing; out·fields·man; out·fit·ter;… …   English syllables

  • out — [out] adv. [ME < OE ut, akin to ON út, Ger aus < IE base * ud , up, up away > Sans úd , L us(que)] 1. a) away from, forth from, or removed from a place, position, or situation [they live ten miles out] b) away from home [to go out for… …   English World dictionary

  • Out 1 — The title card to Out 1 Directed by Jacques Rivette Suzanne Schiffman (co director) …   Wikipedia

  • out — [ aut ] adv. et adj. inv. • 1891; mot angl. « hors de » ♦ Anglic. I ♦ Adv. Tennis Hors des limites du court. Adj. La balle est out. II ♦ Adj. inv. (1966) Se dit de qqn qui se trouve dépassé, rejeté hors d une évolution ou incapable de la suivre… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Out — may refer to: Media Out (film), a short 1957 film produced by the United Nations about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 Out (1982 film), 1982 American movie (also known as Deadly Drifter directed by Eli Hollander, starring Peter Coyote Out… …   Wikipedia


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