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  • s  complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
    out-and-out mayhem
    an out-and-out lie

  • At Chicago's Bell Howell, it sometimes seems, officers' country is open to anyone but out-and-out minors.
  • There was a touch of platitude in the declaration, but even more hypocrisy: two of the five nations, Thailand and Indonesia, were out-and-out dictatorships, and the Philippines .
  • 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.
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  • 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 ]
    June 21, 2013 - Boise Weekly
  • 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.
    June 20, 2013 - The Olympian
  • 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 ...
    June 19, 2013 - Slashdot

  • Frank Lampard in Harrow Observer
    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."
  • Jomo Sono in The Associated Press
    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...
  • Tom Ridge in Guardian Unlimited
    This was out-and-out murder,Ridge said. "This was a horribly, horribly deranged young man."

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