out-and-out out-and-out


  • (adj) complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers



  1. A defensive army, the Bundeswehr has become increasingly engaged in international missions and is coming under pressure to step up its involvement in out-and-out warfare.
  2. At Chicago's Bell Howell, it sometimes seems, officers' country is open to anyone but out-and-out minors.
  3. Though it's difficult to differentiate political campaigns from out-and-out vandalism, attrition.


  1. Need Something To Do Friday?

    The largest stated cause for divorce in the United States is finances. Couples on the out-and-out also talk about "things just not working out" or "irreconcilable differences."… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Boise Weekly

  2. Vote out lawmakers for stealing estate tax

    I would like to thank Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, for sounding the alarm re: estate tax refunds. How can a legislative body even remotely consider out-and-out theft — a glaring show of how far our government(s) have deteriorated.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Olympian

  3. Five predictions for (Bit)coin

    Contributor Tom Geller writes: "I recently wrote an article about Bitcoin and the law for Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery. In researching it I ran into plenty of wishful thinkers, ridiculous greedheads, and out-and-out nutbags promising a rosy future. I also found the expected blowback from vehement naysayers who think the best way to combat crazy is with more crazy ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Slashdot


  1. Midfielder Frank Lampard said: "The thing with Wayne is that he is not just a goalscorer, he's a creator and works hard for the team, creating angles, not just an out-and-out striker."
    on Sep 7, 2008 By: Frank Lampard Source: Harrow Observer

  2. "The American kids have improved tremendously. ...... They played with a lot of heart and determination," Sono said. "But they're lacking somebody who can control the game. And they also need an out-and-out striker — a focused player...
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Jomo Sono Source: The Associated Press

  3. "This was out-and-out murder," Ridge said. "This was a horribly, horribly deranged young man."
    on Apr 20, 2007 By: Tom Ridge Source: Guardian Unlimited

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