10 “Out” Idioms – English Idiom Lesson

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I love teaching and learning idioms because using idioms is a great way to make your language sound more natural. The preposition out can be found in a number of idioms and for today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at ten of them!

To have a falling out means to have such a disagreement with someone that your relationship with them stops.

  • When Jack and his neighbor had a falling out, Jack had a fence installed between their houses.
  • It’s too bad that Jenny and her boyfriend had a falling out. Everyone thought they would get married someday.

A night out is when you spend time enjoying the nightlife in your town.

  • We had a great dinner and then enjoyed a Broadway show. It was a nice night out.
  • I’ve worked really hard this week so I am looking forward to having a night out this weekend.

To be cleaned out means to use all of your pocket money.

  • I bought a lot at the sale at the shopping mall so I’m completely cleaned out.
  • Jack said that he was cleaned out after his trip to Las Vegas.

To be bent out of shape means to be upset or angry.

  • The boss was bent out of shape when I came to the office late.
  • Jack’s wife was bent out of shape when he came home drunk last night.

To be bummed out means to be sad or depressed about something.

  • I was really bummed out when I heard that the concert was canceled.
  • Tommy was bummed out when his customer didn’t sign the contract.

To chicken out means to lose your courage to do something.

  • I was going to ask that girl for a date but I chickened out.
  • Jenny was planning to ask her boss for a salary raise but she chickened out.

To be out of it means to not be able to think clearly because you are either tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • That was a long and difficult meeting so I was out of it by the time it finished.
  • I worked until 2:00AM last night so I’m a little out of it this morning.

To be out of my hands means that I don’t have any control or responsibility over the situation.

  • I wasn’t able to convince my customer to buy our products, so my boss gave the project to another salesperson. It’s out of my hands now.
  • The boss said that the police are investigating who stole the money from the company, so the matter is out of his hands.

To be out of this world means to be wonderful or fabulous.

  • I went to a new restaurant that opened last weekend and the food was out of this world.
  • Jenny went to a Broadway musical and said that the singing and dancing was out of this world.

To be rained out means to be canceled because of rain.

  • The baseball game was rained out and rescheduled for tomorrow.
  • We are supposed to have our company picnic next Sunday. I hope it isn’t rained out.

If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

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