Definition of Shell out

1. Verb. Administer or bestow, as in small portions. "They shell out the people the food"; "The machine dispenses soft drinks"




Definition of Shell out

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To pay money, to disburse ; especially, to pay a great deal of money. ¹

2. Verb. (''computing'', especially Unix) To use a program's "shell escape" function to execute an unrelated command or to invoke a subsidiary, interactive shell. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shell Out

shell-paddock
shell-shock
shell-shocked
shell-suit
shell-suits
shell bean
shell bean plant
shell collecting
shell corporation
shell entity
shell game
shell ginger
shell jacket
shell moulding
shell nail
shell out (current term)
shell parakeet
shell plating
shell script
shell scripts
shell shock
shell shocked
shell stitch
shell suit
shell suits
shellable
shellac
shellac base
shellac varnish
shellac wax

Literary usage of Shell out

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1. Recreation by George O. Shields, American Canoe Association, League of American Sportsmen (1902)
"As the deer disappeared under the trees I sat down on the ground and attacked the gun. resolving to get that shell out or break the gun. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"Come, fork out, old Flint I . . shell out, old fellow!— Waters: Recollections of a Detective. ... It may be imagined I had to shell out pretty freely. ..."

3. The Boy's Own Book: A Complete Encyclopedia of All the Diversions, Athletic by William Clarke (1829)
"2, scuffles the shell out as before, and steps with one foot back to No. ... 3, and step into 1, 2, and 3, scuffle the shell out, and step back through the ..."

4. Boy's Own Book: A Complete Encyclopedia of Athletic, Scientific, Outdoor and by William Clarke (1881)
"2, scuffles the shell out as before, and steps with one foot back to No. ... 3, and step into 1, 2, and 3, scuffle the shell out, and step back through the ..."

5. Oliver Optic's Magazine by Oliver Optic (1875)
"I queried. '•shell out, I mean," laughed Bennett. " Is he in the shagbark business?" "Not exactly." " What's he going to shell out, then ? ..."

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