put out

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put out (plural put outs)

  1. (baseball) The statistic of the number of outs a defensive player directly caused.
    Jones recorded 15 put outs in the first half of the season.



put out (comparative more put out, superlative most put out)

  1. Taking offense; indignant.
    He was put out at the mere suggestion of misconduct.



put out (third-person singular simple present puts out, present participle putting out, simple past and past participle put out)

  1. (transitive) To place outside or eject.
    Don’t forget to put out the cat.
  2. (transitive) To produce.
    The factory puts out 4000 units each day.
  3. (transitive) To injure a part of the body, especially a joint.
    Don’t put out your back trying to lift that.
    Be careful with those scissors, or you'll put your eye out!
  4. (transitive) To inconvenience or disturb someone, such as by moving in or requesting assistance.
    I don't want to put you out, it's just vital that I get this done tonight.
  5. (transitive) To extinguish (a flame or light).
    They worked for days to put out the brushfire.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 3
      When I saw the coffin I knew that I was respited, for, as I judged, there was space between it and the wall behind enough to contain my little carcass; and in a second I had put out the candle, scrambled up the shelves, half-stunned my senses with dashing my head against the roof, and squeezed my body betwixt wall and coffin.
  6. (transitive) To eliminate from a competition.
    • 2011 October 1, Tom Fordyce, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England stumbled into the World Cup quarter-finals and almost certainly put Scotland out after an error-ridden victory at Eden Park.
  7. (slang, intransitive) To consent to sex.
    • 1991, R S Perinbanayagam, Discursive Acts
      He had been going out with this girl — I think her name was Karol — for a couple of months... and she wouldn't put out for him... kept on saying no.
    • 2005, William Heffernan, A Time Gone By
      This Grosso dated this woman a couple of times, and then, when she wouldn't put out for him, he beat her up and forced her.
  8. (baseball) To cause a player on the offense to be out, especially of men on base.
  9. (cricket) To cause a batsman (a player on the batting team) to be dismissed or out.
  10. To sail away, to depart.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, The Missing Chord
      Along about Tuesday Uncle Cal put out for San Antone on the last wagonload of wool.

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  • The object in all transitive senses can come before or after the particle. If it is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle.

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