Definition of stop out in English:

stop out

phrasal verb

  • 1British informal Stay out, especially longer or later than might be expected.

    ‘it was the only evening for weeks that we stopped out’
    • ‘Now they are 'big boys' and can stop out late!’
    • ‘I, for one, won't be stopping out after dark.’
    • ‘Oh, she had little enough to say to him when he was there - but if he stopped out overnight he was greeted with tight-lipped glares and an awkward silence.’
    • ‘They get to feel responsible for the ones they stop out with or the ones they drink with or play cards with.’
    • ‘Stay on task, but be sure to stop out once in a while.’
    • ‘She has also taken to stopping out at night with her boyfriend - a school non-attender.’
    • ‘"'Tis gettin' late," he observed aloud; "an' maybe if you stopped out any longer Norah might be frettin'."’
  • 2North American Withdraw temporarily from higher education or employment in order to pursue another activity.

    ‘community college students are more likely to stop out, or drop out entirely, when the cost of attending increases’
    • ‘Readmits - These students were once at the college but stopped out, dropped out, or were academically dismissed.’
    • ‘For many high-powered women who put former in front of their titles to stop out and stay at home with their kids, selling stuff online often starts as a dalliance, a means of purging closets of never-worn mistakes.’
    • ‘They generally are older, drop out or stop out at higher rates, take longer to complete their degrees, and often are married with children.’
    • ‘More female high achievers are "stopping out" to raise kids - and avoiding Corporate America when they return.’
    • ‘In addition to a large number of students who will become part-time students during their time in college, there are also large numbers of UIC students who will stop out for one or more terms during their career and who will change their majors.’
    • ‘Single until recently, she had three kids and "stopped out" - taking no classes seven of those years.’
    • ‘About one in every six freshmen will stop out before finishing their program.’
    • ‘These students often "stop out" when they meet financial difficulties.’