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37 Phrasal Verbs With "OUT"

In this post you will learn phrasal verbs with "out". Read through the sentences below and decide which phrasal verb is needed for each sentence.

Phrasal verbs with "out"

Here are 37 phrasal verbs with "out" with meanings and examples:

1. Ask out: To asking someone to go on a date with you.

  • I asked her out again. She refused.

2. Bail out

A: To jump out of a plane (usually when it's collapsing).

  • Luckily the pilot bailed out before his plane hit the side of the mountain.

B: To quit or stop doing something (usually when experiencing difficulties)

  • The congressional candidate bailed out of the race because there was no hope that he could raise enough money to win.

C: To save someone from a difficult situation.

  • His uncle bailed him out of the financial problems he was having.

3. Black out: Loss of consciousness for a moment.

  • He had a very severe headache and blacked out several times, so his doctor admitted him to the hospital.

4. Break out: (of war, fighting, or similarly undesirable things) start suddenly.

  • A riot broke out in Indonesia today.

5. Chicken out: To decide not to do something because you are too frightened

  • He wanted to ask her out on a date, but he chickened out.

A: (of a fact) emerge; become known.

  • The news of the candidates past sexual misconduct came out just before the election.

B: (of the sun, moon, or stars) appear in the sky.

  • The rain suddenly stopped and the sun came out.

C: (of flowers) open.

  • I was absolutely thrilled that the roses had come out.

D: Declare oneself as being for or against something.

  • Residents have come out against the proposals.

E: Achieve a specified placing in an examination or contest.

  • He deservedly came out the winner on points.

F: (of a stain) be removed or able to be removed.

  • The mark will come out with stain remover.

G: Go on strike.

  • The miners came out on strike.

H: Openly declare one's sexual or gender identity.

  • She came out live on TV.

I: (of a young upper-class woman) male one's debut in society.

  • Most of them came out at big charity balls.

7. Cross out: To draw a line through something.

  • I didn't have an eraser, so I had to cross out my mistakes instead.

8. Dish out

A: Put food on to a plate or plates before a meal.

  • He begins dishing out bowls of strawberry ice cream.

B: Dispense something in a casual or indiscriminate way.

  • The banks dished out loans to all and sundry.

9. Drown out: To make the sound inaudible with a louder volume.

  • He uses his iPod to drown out all of the people's voices around him.

10. Eat out: To go out to a restaurant to eat.

  • He was tired of eating out, so he stayed home and had a TV dinner.

11. Eat out: Have a meal in a restaurant.

  • There were plenty of places to eat out in the city centre.

12. Empty out: To remove all the contents of something.

  • The concert hall emptied out as soon as the concert was over.

13. Even out: To become level After a long climb the ground evened out.

  • He has trouble evening out his sideburns since one ear is lower than the other.

14. Find out: To learn or discover.

  • She was mad when she found out that she was adopted.

15. Get out

A: (of something previously secret) become known.

  • News got out that we were coming.

B: Leave a place of confinement; escape.

  • It is still unclear how the dogs got out.

C: Succeed in uttering, publishing, or releasing something.

  • We're keen to get a record out.

16. Give out

A: Distribute something.

  • I've been giving out leaflets.

B: Be completely used up.

  • Their allowances soon gave out.

C: Speak in an angry way.

  • The woman began giving out to poor Paddy.

17. Hand out: To distribute by hand.

  • He often handed out leaflets on the street corner.

18. Kick out: To force to leave.

  • The bouncers kicked him out of the bar for starting a fight.

19. Knock out: To make someone lose consciousness.

    • That last drink I had, really knocked me out.

20. Leave out: Fail to include someone or something.

  • It seemed unkind to leave Daisy out, so she was invited too.

21. Lock out: Keep someone out of a room or building by locking the door.

  • She had locked him out of his own house.

22. Look out

A: Be vigilant and take notice.

  • Look out!’ warned Billie, seeing a movement from the room beyond.

B: Search for and produce something.

  • I've got a catalogue somewhere and I'll look it out if you're interested

23. Pass out

A: To suddenly become unconscious, for example because you are too hot.

  • People everywhere were passing out from the heat.

B: To give something to each member of a group.

  • The hall was silent as the examination papers were passed out.

24. Pick out

A: Distinguish someone or something from a group.

    • Lester picked out two familiar voices.

B: Choose someone or something from a number of alternatives.

    • She left Jed to pick out some toys.

C: Play a tune on a musical instrument slowly or with difficulty.

    • She began to pick out a rough melody on the guitar.

25. Print out: Print something from a computer.

  • I need to buy some more paper for my printer so that I can print out my report for history class.

26. Put out

A: Extinguish something that is burning.

  • Fire crews from Grangetown put out the blaze.

B: Lay something out ready for use.

  • She put out glasses and paper napkins.
C: Issue, release, or broadcast a product or message.

  • The police put out a bulletin.
D: Cause someone trouble or inconvenience.

  • Would it put you out too much to let her visit you for a couple of hours?
E: (in sport) defeat a player or team and so eliminate them from a competition.

  • They had a great chance to put France out of the World Cup in the closing minutes.
F: Make someone unconscious by means of drugs or an anesthetic.

  • The injection will put you out for ten minutes.
G: (of a ship) leave a port or harbour.

  • She stepped into the boat and put out to sea.
H: Dislocate a joint.

  • She fell off her horse and put her shoulder out.
I: (of a company) allocate work to a contractor or freelancer to be done off the premises.

  • A big agency might put the work out to an independent merchandizing company.
J: (of an engine or motor) produce a particular amount of power.

  • The non-turbo is expected to put out about 250 bhp.

See: Formal and Informal Vocabulary List in English

27. Rush out: To get out quickly.

  • The workers all rushed out because it was time to go home.

28. Sell out

A: To sell all of the supply that you have of something.

  • We sold out of the T-shirts in the first couple of hours.

B: If a supply of something sells out, there is no more of that thing to buy.

  • The first issue of the magazine sold out within two days.

C: When a film, concert, etc. is sold out, all of the tickets for it have been sold.

  • We couldn't get seats - the concert was sold out."

D: To sell your business or part of your business:

  • They decided to sell out to their competitors.

29. Shout out: Speak or announce too loudly.

  • I gave my girls a shout out at the party.

30. Sort out

A: Arrange things systematically in groups or according to type.

  • She sorted out the clothes, some to be kept, some to be thrown away.

B: Resolve a problem or difficulty.

  • The teacher helps the children to sort out their problems.

31. Stand out

A: Project from a surface.

  • The veins in his neck stood out.

B: Persist in opposition or support of something.

  • She stood out against public opinion.

32. Stay out: To not come home at night, or to go home late.

  • Our cat usually stays out at night.

33. Take out

A: Escort someone to a social event or place of entertainment.

  • I took her out to dinner the following night.

B: Obtain an official document or service.

  • You can take out a loan for a specific purchase.

C: Relieve frustration or anger by attacking or mistreating a person or thing not responsible for such feelings.

  • My parents always take their anger out on me.

D: Buy food at a cafe or restaurant for eating elsewhere.

  • He ordered a lamb madras to take out.

E: Kill, destroy, or disable someone or something. Informal

    • Some say the Mob took him out for crossing them.

34. Thaw out: If you thaw out, you gradually get warm again after being very cold:

  • I'm just starting to thaw out after taking the dogs out this morning.

35. Try out

A: Test something new or different to see whether it is suitable or pleasing.

  • They're having fun discovering and trying out new things.

B: Compete or audition for a post or a place on a team.

  • He decided to try out and made the team.

C: Extract oil or fat from something by heating.

  • Cut the meat into small pieces, try out the fat, and brown the meat in it.

36. Turn out

A: Prove to be the case.
  • The job turned out to be beyond his rather limited abilities.
B: Extinguish a light.
  • He turned out the light and groped his way through the doorway to the bed.
C: Go somewhere in order to do something, especially to attend a meeting, to play a game, or to vote.
  • Over 75 per cent of the electorate turned out to vote.
D: Be dressed in the manner specified.
  • She was smartly turned out and as well groomed as always.
E: Produce something.
  • The plant takes 53 hours to turn out each car.
F: Eject or expel someone from a place.
  • His landlord could turn him out at any time.
G: Empty something, especially one's pockets.
  • Oliver turned out his pockets and spread out his loot on the ground.

37. Walk out

A: To leave an event such as a meeting or performance because you are angry or disapprove of something.

  • All the parents walked out (of the meeting) in protest.

B: To suddenly leave your husband, wife, or partner and end your relationship with them.

  • He walkeout on his wife and two kids.

C: To stop working or leave your job because of a disagreement with your employer.

  • Workers are threatening to walk out.

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