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out-and-out

adjective [before noun] uk   /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.
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