Definition of out and out in English:

out and out

adjective

  • attributive In every respect; absolute.

    ‘an out-and-out rogue’
    • ‘Across Europe, among the sceptics and the doubters and the out-and-out protesters, a pernicious process of elision is taking place.’
    • ‘He didn't advise out-and-out celibacy but he cautioned that erotic energy can be surrendered too freely during this or that sort of romp.’
    • ‘We don't get a whole lot of out-and-out censorship here, but it's not for a lack of the basic human urge to silence people we disagree with.’
    • ‘We are so, so lucky not to know any out-and-out brats.’
    • ‘But when it comes to children's diet, I am an out-and-out paternalist.’
    • ‘This trend celebrates the glitz, glamour and out-and-out luxury enjoyed by the privileged few in pre-revolutionary Russia.’
    • ‘In her hands, or vocal cords, this song is out-and-out heartbreak written in the boldest of bold type.’
    • ‘However, now the emphasis is more on regular traditional and sing-along sessions rather than out-and-out bands.’
    • ‘As I said earlier, I think it's premature to call him an out-and-out hero.’
    • ‘Not everyone is going to be an out-and-out winner.’
    • ‘An out-and-out nationalist, he promoted Irish industry by building exhibition buildings.’
    • ‘To my battle scarred ears, it ranges between polished yet hookless groove lounge and out-and-out cheese.’
    • ‘Because by my reckoning, this is the first out-and-out Total Stinker of this year's selection.’
    • ‘And even this is more an unsolved mystery than it is an out-and-out error.’
    • ‘A winger to me is a striker, a finisher, an out-and-out attacker with an aggressive and instinctive nose for the try-line.’
    • ‘It is quite another to look the other way in the face of out-and-out lies, fraud, and misinformation in the arena of environmental science.’
    • ‘Coat an already harrowing scene with live music and well, we're talking out-and-out melodrama, and you definitely don't want that.’
    • ‘And I'm the same as most out-and-out goalscorers in not being as comfortable with one-on-ones as picking up on scraps.’
    • ‘Notice that he doesn't regret the out-and-out fraud the emails reveal; he regrets the emails.’
    • ‘A sharp intake of breath all round was followed by an out-and-out gasp of horror as our eyes collectively made it past this first obstacle and on to the rest of the house.’
    utter, downright, thoroughgoing, absolute, complete, thorough, through and through, total, unmitigated, outright, real, perfect, consummate, surpassing, sheer, rank, pure, unqualified, inveterate, positive, dyed-in-the-wool, true-blue, undiluted, unalloyed, unadulterated, in every respect, unconditional
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adverb

  • Completely.

    ‘he was induced to part out and out with all the money’
    • ‘Long-term consequences are minimized or out-and-out ignored during moments of passion.’
    • ‘If society cannot out and out tell women not to be too extraordinary or successful, then it will do so by creating situations for us to learn from, and squash people in order to warn others.’
    • ‘Forgive my failing memory but wasn't poll tax abandoned because so many people just out and out refused to do it (pay poll tax)?’
    • ‘The trouble is that now I'm not so sure that ‘profit’ from such events is out and out wrong.’
    • ‘Some guys in the heat of the day were faster than us out and out by themselves.’
    • ‘Indeed, some of their evidence for such a reconstituted program was out and out fraudulent.’
    • ‘To be fair, they did not out-and-out lie in their version of events.’
    • ‘The three viable alleles fail to complement out and out.’
    • ‘The sheer absence of soul in these girls is something I can't easily describe without sounding out-and-out abusive.’
    • ‘Critics say he has out-and-out broken his promise, especially because of the bill's safeguards.’
    flagrant, blatant, glaring, obvious, overt, evident, conspicuous
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Pronunciation

out and out

/aʊt(ə)ndˈaʊt/