put out

Idioms & Phrases

put out

  1. Extinguish, as in We put out the fire before we turned in. [Early 1500s]

  2. Also, put to sea. Leave a port or harbor, as in They put out yesterday morning. [Late 1500s]

  3. Publish, as in They put out a weekly newsletter. [Early 1500s]

  4. Engage in sex. This usage is applied solely to women, as in She had a reputation for putting out. [Vulgar slang; mid-1900s] Also see put one out.

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