Young and inexperienced persons often can be remarkably wise, as in She’s only six but she said, quite rightly, that Harry was afraid of the sitter—out of the mouths of babes, Mother said. This expression is a shortening and revision of expressions in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In Psalms 8:2, God ordains strength out of the mouth of babes and sucklings; in Matthew 21:16, praise comes from this source. Later generations changed strength and praise to wisdom.
[out-uh v-dawrz, -dohrz] /ˈaʊt əvˈdɔrz, -ˈdoʊrz/ adjective 1. Also, out-of-door. . noun 2. (used with a singular verb) . adverb, adjective 1. (postpositive) in the open air; outside Also outdoors
[out-uh v-tou-ner] /ˈaʊt əvˈtaʊ nər/ noun 1. a visitor from another town or city: The World’s Fair brought many out-of-towners to New Orleans.
- Out on bail
Released from custody on the basis of bail being posted, as in The lawyer promised to get him out on bail. This expression alludes to a payment made to the court as surety that the accused will appear for trial.
- Out on the town
see: on the town