To leak out
Leak Leak, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leaked} (l[=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaking}.] [Akin to D. lekken, G. lecken, lechen, Icel. leka, Dan. l[ae]kke, Sw. l["a]cka, AS. leccan to wet, moisten. See {Leak}, n.] 1. To let water or other fluid in or out through a hole, crevice, etc.; as, the cask leaks; the roof leaks; the boat leaks. [1913 Webster]

2. To enter or escape, as a fluid, through a hole, crevice, etc.; to pass gradually into, or out of, something; -- usually with in or out. [1913 Webster]

{To leak out}, to be divulged gradually or clandestinely; to become public; as, the facts leaked out. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • leak out — v. (D; intr.) to leak out to (the news leaked out to the press) * * * [ liːk aʊt] (D; intr.) to leak out to (the news leak outed out to the press) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • leak out — {v. phr.} To become known; escape. * /The famous beauty queen tried to keep her marriage a secret, but news of it soon leaked out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • leak out — {v. phr.} To become known; escape. * /The famous beauty queen tried to keep her marriage a secret, but news of it soon leaked out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • leak out — verb be leaked (Freq. 4) The news leaked out despite his secrecy • Syn: ↑leak • Derivationally related forms: ↑leak (for: ↑leak), ↑leaker ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • leak out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms leak out : present tense I/you/we/they leak out he/she/it leaks out present participle leaking out past tense leaked out past participle leaked out to become known by the public News leaked out that he was… …   English dictionary

  • leak out — Synonyms and related words: appear, be revealed, become known, break forth, break out, break through, come forth, come out, come to light, debouch, distill, dribble, drip, drop, emerge, erupt, exit, find vent, get out, issue, issue forth, leak,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • leak\ out — v. phr. To become known; escape. The famous beauty queen tried to keep her marriage a secret, but news of it soon leaked out …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ˌleak ˈout — phrasal verb to become known by the public …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Leak — Leak, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leaked} (l[=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaking}.] [Akin to D. lekken, G. lecken, lechen, Icel. leka, Dan. l[ae]kke, Sw. l[ a]cka, AS. leccan to wet, moisten. See {Leak}, n.] 1. To let water or other fluid in or out through …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leak — verb. The transitive meaning ‘to disclose (secret information) intentionally’ is, apart from an isolated example of 1859, a 20c use, although the practice is doubtless a lot older. It is related to, if not a development of, the phrasal verb to… …   Modern English usage

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