Have an out

Have a means of escape or an excuse, as in I’m supposed to go to the meeting, but I have an out—Sam invited me first to come to his wedding. One can also give someone an out, as in She was hoping someone would give her an out; otherwise she’d be stuck visiting relatives all afternoon. [ ; early 1900s ]


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