Definition of shell something out in US English:

shell something out

phrasal verb

  • Pay a specified amount of money, especially an amount that is resented as being excessive.

    ‘it doesn't make sense to shell out $8.50 for an elevator ride’
    • ‘Reading only the advertisements, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a magazine aimed at home buyers - about 80% of the advertising revenue has been shelled out by builders.’
    • ‘At the top level, thousands of pounds are shelled out by ambitious team owners to ensure the right outcome of a match.’
    • ‘My power problem got me thinking that I need to be one of those guys who makes the money, instead of shelling it out all the time.’
    • ‘The government claims it paid more than $200 million for this project five years ago, but a recent government audit shows tax dollars were shelled out for work that was never done.’
    make payment, pay, settle up, pay in full, meet one's obligations, come up with the money
    pay, spend, expend, pay out, lay out, part with, disburse, hand over, remit, render
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