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way out

noun
1.
the means by which a predicament, dilemma, etc., may be solved.
2.
Chiefly British. an exit or exit door, as in a theater.

way-out

[wey-out] /ˈweɪˈaʊt/
adjective, Informal.
1.
advanced in style or technique:
way-out jazz.
2.
exotic or esoteric in character:
way-out theories on nutrition.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; adj. use of way out far off; see way2, out
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Examples from the web for way out
  • Those who are not in the street are hanging half way out of the windows, shouting at some one below.
  • Above me towered the colossal edifice of society, and to my mind the only way out was up.
  • The three sons had bribed their way out of military service.
  • Two were on their way out of the woods, after having been all winter and spring without seeing a white face.
  • We are presently about half-way out in the expanding phase.
  • Those in the clan of the sandalwood evolved a way out of the darkness.
  • We seem to be bent on destroying every single resource and unable to talk our way out of doing so.
  • It doesn't flatten all the way out, though, and its ungainly size becomes even more apparent in the prone position.
  • He drove all the way out to the convention center and waded into the madding crowd.
  • Well-positioned proposals demonstrate how the important findings will make their way out into the world.
British Dictionary definitions for way out

way-out

adjective (informal)
1.
extremely unconventional or experimental; avant-garde
2.
excellent or amazing
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Slang definitions & phrases for way out

way out

adjective phrase
  1. Imaginative; original and bold, esp successfullyand admirably so (1940s+ Jazz musicians)
  2. Excellent; wonderful; far out, great, out of sight (1950s+ Cool talk fr jazz musicians)
  3. Intoxicated with narcotics; high, out of it (1960s+ Narcotics)

[probably fr earlier out of this world or out of sight]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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