Definition of out-and-out in English:

out-and-out

adjective

  • attributive In every respect; absolute; without question.

    ‘an out-and-out crook’
    • ‘Not everyone is going to be an out-and-out winner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because by my reckoning, this is the first out-and-out Total Stinker of this year's selection.’
    • ‘However, now the emphasis is more on regular traditional and sing-along sessions rather than out-and-out bands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But when it comes to children's diet, I am an out-and-out paternalist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To my battle scarred ears, it ranges between polished yet hookless groove lounge and out-and-out cheese.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An out-and-out nationalist, he promoted Irish industry by building exhibition buildings.’
    • ‘We are so, so lucky not to know any out-and-out brats.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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Pronunciation

out-and-out

/ˈaʊd ən ˈaʊt//ˈoud ən ˈout/