Get-out



Commerce. the break-even point.
Chiefly British. a method or maneuver used to escape a difficult or embarrassing situation; cop-out:
The scoundrel has used that get-out once too often.
as all get-out, Informal. in the extreme; to the utmost degree:
Once his mind is made up, he can be stubborn as all get-out.
Historical Examples

D’ yu’ reckon they find joyful digestion in this swallo’-an’-get-out trough?
The Virginian Owen Wister

He’s a good man, too; an awful good man and capable as all get-out when he’s sober.
The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln

I got hold of the leg of the table, and held on like all get-out.
The Strange Cabin on Catamount Island Lawrence J. Leslie

She called from back of a curtain, and when I got into the parlour she had them on, pleased as all get-out.
Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson

Say, that seems like a bunch of those nasty little sand spurs that sting and poison like all get-out!
The Hickory Ridge Boy Scouts: Under Canvas Alan Douglas

If we want to beat Boxer Hall weve got to do some tall hustling, and practice like all get-out!
The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick

I aint goin to have you actin like all get-out, just because Chalmys went and married the gal he loved, disappointin you, thereby.
Polly and Her Friends Abroad Lillian Elizabeth Roy

to indicate a high degree of something, attested from 1838.

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