spit out

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spit out (third-person singular simple present spits out, present participle spitting out, simple past and past participle spat out or spit out)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see spit,‎ out.
  2. To say reluctantly (see also spit it out).
  3. To rap; to repeat verses passionately or intensely.
  4. To say scornfully.
    "You will die now!", he spat out.
    • 2017 September 19, Gwilym Mumford, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle review – spy sequel reaches new heights of skyscraping silliness”, in the Guardian[1]:
      But, crucially, the visual wit that made the original feel so bracingly fresh is maintained, not to mention its fondness for turning the Savile Row air blue – if you’ve ever hoped to witness Elton John spitting out four-letter words like a Gatling gun, all while wearing a remarkable feathered suit, then this might be the gonzo spy caper for you.
  5. To eject.
    My computer won't read this DVD. It just keeps spitting it out.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Spit as the past form is common only in the US, while spat is common everywhere.
  • 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.