be out
{v. phr.} 1. To not be at home or at one's place of work. * /I tried to call but they told me that Al was out./ 2. To be unacceptable; not be considered; impossible. * /I suggested that we hire more salespeople but the boss replied that such a move was positively out./ 3. To be poorer by; suffer a loss of. * /Unless more people came to the church picnic, we realized we would be out $500 at least./ 4. To be in circulation, in print, published. * /Jane said that her new novel won't be out for at least another month./ 5. A baseball term indicating that a player has been declared either unfit to continue or punished by withdrawing him. * /The spectators thought that John was safe at third base, but the umpire said he was out./

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  • be out — {v. phr.} 1. To not be at home or at one s place of work. * /I tried to call but they told me that Al was out./ 2. To be unacceptable; not be considered; impossible. * /I suggested that we hire more salespeople but the boss replied that such a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be out of the loop — INFORMAL ► to not be one of a group of people who have particular knowledge, make important decisions, or deal with important situations: »A group of senior staff at the plant have just told her they are as much out of the loop as the workers.… …   Financial and business terms

  • be out of sync — (with sth/sb) ► to fail to work well together , or to fail to agree or match with something or someone else: »The government s ideas are out of sync with a nation demanding change. Main Entry: ↑sync …   Financial and business terms

  • be out of sync with sb — be out of sync (with sth/sb) ► to fail to work well together , or to fail to agree or match with something or someone else: »The government s ideas are out of sync with a nation demanding change. Main Entry: ↑sync …   Financial and business terms

  • be out of sync with sth — be out of sync (with sth/sb) ► to fail to work well together , or to fail to agree or match with something or someone else: »The government s ideas are out of sync with a nation demanding change. Main Entry: ↑sync …   Financial and business terms

  • be out of sync with sth/sb — be out of sync (with sth/sb) ► to fail to work well together , or to fail to agree or match with something or someone else: »The government s ideas are out of sync with a nation demanding change. Main Entry: ↑sync …   Financial and business terms

  • be out after sb's scalp — be out for/after sb s scalp ► to want to defeat or punish someone in some way, especially to make them lose their job: »The other Democrats should be after his scalp. Main Entry: ↑scalp …   Financial and business terms

  • be out for sb's scalp — be out for/after sb s scalp ► to want to defeat or punish someone in some way, especially to make them lose their job: »The other Democrats should be after his scalp. Main Entry: ↑scalp …   Financial and business terms

  • be out for/after sb's scalp — ► to want to defeat or punish someone in some way, especially to make them lose their job: »The other Democrats should be after his scalp. Main Entry: ↑scalp …   Financial and business terms

  • be out to — {v. phr.} To intend to do; to plan to commit. * /The police felt that the gang may be out to rob another store./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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