far out

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far out

  1. Unusual or eccentric; very advanced. for example, Painting blindfolded, that's far out, or Her child-rearing theories are far out.

  2. An interjection meaning "great" or "cool," as in All he could say when he won the lottery was "Far out!" Originally a slang term for daringly creative jazz, this expression has been applied to other art forms and undertakings. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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