With just a little training he could fan out Babe Ruth nine times out of ten.
fan out, be eyes and ears for the column moving into the Paris pike.
As Sally listened, turned dials, and waited, the broadcasters on the enemy subs began to fan out.
All operations will fan out north, south, and east from Le Havre.
Susie fainted three times that morning, and Katie lost an hour in all, bringing water and making a fan out of a newspaper.
Cut strips of straw or binders' board about four inches wide; glue them together; fan out and press.
I met him the other evening at Mrs. De Mingle's select party, and he took my fan out of my hand and fanned himself with it.
And thus, "the chaff being winnowed with the fan out of God's store, the good grain began to appear."
Twice in about thirty years the rings seem to disappear, and twice they fan out to their largest extent.
device to make an air current, Old English fann (West Saxon) "a basket or shovel for winnowing grain" (by tossing it in the air), from Latin vannus, related to ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)).
The chaff, being lighter, would blow off. Sense of "device for moving air" first recorded late 14c.; the hand-held version is first attested 1550s. A fan-light (1819) was shaped like a lady's fan.
"devotee," 1889, American English, originally of baseball enthusiasts, probably a shortening of fanatic, but may be influenced by the fancy, a collective term for followers of a certain hobby or sport (especially boxing); see fancy. There is an isolated use from 1682, but the modern word is likely a late 19c. formation. Fan club attested by 1930.
late Old English fannian "to winnow grain," from the noun (see fan (n.1)). Meaning "to stir up air" is from early 15c. Related: Fanned; fanning. To fan out "spread out like a hand-held fan," is from 1590s.
a winnowing shovel by which grain was thrown up against the wind that it might be cleansed from broken straw and chaff (Isa. 30:24; Jer. 15:7; Matt. 3:12). (See AGRICULTURE.)