Delay until the end of something, as in They waited out the war in Paris. This expression comes from baseball, where it alludes to the batter refraining from swinging at pitches in the hope of being walked (getting to first base on balls). It was first recorded in 1909 and was transferred to other activities by the 1930s.
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
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