Definition of out-and-out in English:

out-and-out

adjective

  • [attributive] In every respect; absolute; without question.

    ‘an out-and-out crook’
    • ‘An out-and-out nationalist, he promoted Irish industry by building exhibition buildings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 even this is more an unsolved mystery than it is an out-and-out error.’
    • ‘However, now the emphasis is more on regular traditional and sing-along sessions rather than out-and-out bands.’
    • ‘A winger to me is a striker, a finisher, an out-and-out attacker with an aggressive and instinctive nose for the try-line.’
    • ‘Because by my reckoning, this is the first out-and-out Total Stinker of this year's selection.’
    • ‘We are so, so lucky not to know any out-and-out brats.’
    • ‘As I said earlier, I think it's premature to call him an out-and-out hero.’
    • ‘Notice that he doesn't regret the out-and-out fraud the emails reveal; he regrets the emails.’
    • ‘Not everyone is going to be an out-and-out winner.’
    • ‘But when it comes to children's diet, I am an out-and-out paternalist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To my battle scarred ears, it ranges between polished yet hookless groove lounge and out-and-out cheese.’
    • ‘Across Europe, among the sceptics and the doubters and the out-and-out protesters, a pernicious process of elision is taking place.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    blatant, flagrant, overt, naked, barefaced, brazen
    full-bore
    deep-dyed
    right
    fair
    arrant
    right-down
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Pronunciation:

out-and-out

/ˈoud ən ˈout/