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out-and-out

[out-n-out, -nd-out] /ˈaʊt nˈaʊt, -ndˈaʊt/
adjective
1.
complete; total; thoroughgoing:
an out-and-out lie.
Origin of out-and-out
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English
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  • From that time to the day of his death, he was known as an out-and-out Christian.

    General Gordon Seton Churchill
  • With her gaze searching him so steadily, it had to be an out-and-out lie to serve.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • You have got two out-and-out horses; we saw you ride in yesterday afternoon.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
  • There was no reason to think that she was better to look at than 47 an out-and-out beauty.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Work until you are out-and-out weary, then rest, and you'll be able to work again.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • If he was out-and-out dippy and didn't know it, he'd be all right.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He replied cryptically that he was an out-and-out phagocyte, and getting more so every time he read a newspaper.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • Thirdly, they were the most pukka shikarries (out-and-out hunters) in all India.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • Although born in Scotland and maintaining a great estate there, he is an American out-and-out.

    American Men of Mind Burton E. Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for out-and-out

out-and-out

adjective
1.
(prenominal) thoroughgoing; complete
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Slang definitions & phrases for out-and-out

out-and-out

adjective

Thorough; complete: an out-and-out idiot

[1813+; as an adverb, found by 1325]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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