Definition of stop out in US English:

stop out

phrasal verb

North 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’
    • ‘They generally are older, drop out or stop out at higher rates, take longer to complete their degrees, and often are married with children.’
    • ‘Single until recently, she had three kids and "stopped out" - taking no classes seven of those years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Readmits - These students were once at the college but stopped out, dropped out, or were academically dismissed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About one in every six freshmen will stop out before finishing their program.’
    • ‘More female high achievers are "stopping out" to raise kids - and avoiding Corporate America when they return.’
    • ‘These students often "stop out" when they meet financial difficulties.’