spit it out (third-person singular simple present spits it out, present participle spitting it out, simple past and past participle spat it out or spit it out)
- (slang) To overcome reluctance to say something particular or to speak in general.
- – Sir, I ... I ... er ...
– Come on man! Spit it out!
- 1889, Anton Chekhov, Julius West (translator), The Proposal,
- CHUBUKOV. Oh, don't go round and round it, darling! Spit it out! Well?
- LOMOV. One moment ... this very minute. The fact is, I've come to ask the hand of your daughter, Natalya Stepanovna, in marriage.
- 1906, Jack London, White Fang, Part 4, Chapter 5,
- "Well, don't be a miser with what you know," Scott said sharply, after waiting a suitable length of time. "Spit it out. What is it?"
- 1920, Sabine Baring-Gould, Mehalah: a story of the salt marshes, Chapter XXII,
- "Hark ye, mistress," said the shepherd. "I've had much on my tongue this many a day, but you haven't given me the chance to spit it out. I won't be put off any longer."
to overcome reluctance to say something particular or to speak in general