shell out

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shell out (third-person singular simple present shells out, present participle shelling out, simple past and past participle shelled out)

  1. (idiomatic) To pay money, to disburse ; especially, to pay a great deal of money.
    Do you think we should shell out for the extra options package?
    • 2016 October 24, Owen Gibson, “Is the unthinkable happening – are people finally switching the football off?”, in The Guardian[1], London:
      BT shelled out almost £1bn for the Champions League over the same period, while the FA has just brought in around £820m over six seasons for the international rights to the FA Cup alone.
  2. (computing, especially Unix) To use a program's "shell escape" function to execute an unrelated command or to invoke a subsidiary, interactive shell.

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