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English definition of “out-and-out”


adjective [before noun]     /ˌaʊ.təˈnaʊt/ US  /ˌaʊ.t̬ə-/
complete or in every way; used to emphasize an unpleasant quality of a person or thing: That's an out-and-out lie ! The whole project was an out-and-out disaster .Intensifying expressions
(Definition of out-and-out adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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