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let-out

[adj. let-out; n. let-out] /adj. ˈlɛtˈaʊt; n. ˈlɛtˌaʊt/
adjective
1.
(of fur) processed by cutting parallel diagonal slashes into the pelt and sewing the slashed edges together to lengthen the pelt and to improve the appearance of the fur.
noun
2.
Chiefly British. a means of escape; loophole.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; adj., noun use of verb phrase let out
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British Dictionary definitions for let-out

let out

verb (adverb, mainly transitive)
1.
to give vent to; emit: to let out a howl
2.
to allow to go or run free; release
3.
(may take a clause as object) to reveal (a secret)
4.
to make available to tenants, hirers, or contractors
5.
to permit to flow out: to let air out of the tyres
6.
to make (a garment) larger, as by unpicking (the seams) and sewing nearer the outer edge
noun
7.
a chance to escape
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