To shell out
Shell Shell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shelling}.] 1. To strip or break off the shell of; to take out of the shell, pod, etc.; as, to shell nuts or pease; to shell oysters. [1913 Webster]

2. To separate the kernels of (an ear of Indian corn, wheat, oats, etc.) from the cob, ear, or husk. [1913 Webster]

3. To throw shells or bombs upon or into; to bombard; as, to shell a town. [1913 Webster]

{To shell out}, to distribute freely; to bring out or pay, as money. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • shell out something — shell out (something) to pay money. The insurance giant estimates that in Texas alone it will have to shell out $85 million to settle these claims. How much does the company expect to shell out for a solution to the problem? Usage notes: usually… …   New idioms dictionary

  • shell out — (something) to pay money. The insurance giant estimates that in Texas alone it will have to shell out $85 million to settle these claims. How much does the company expect to shell out for a solution to the problem? Usage notes: usually said about …   New idioms dictionary

  • shell out — verb administer or bestow, as in small portions administer critical remarks to everyone present dole out some money shell out pocket money for the children deal a blow to someone the machine dispenses soft drinks • Syn: ↑distribute, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • shell out — UK US shell out Phrasal Verb with shell({{}}/ʃel/ verb INFORMAL ► to pay money for something, especially when the cost is unexpected and not wanted: »If we lose the case, we ll be forced to shell out. shell out sth »Courts have ordered tobacco… …   Financial and business terms

  • shell out — PHRASAL VERB If you shell out for something, you spend a lot of money on it. [INFORMAL] [V P n for/on n] You won t have to shell out a fortune for it... [V P n] If I m shelling out a few hundred pounds, I don t want someone telling me what I can… …   English dictionary

  • shell out — v. (colloq.) (B) ( to pay ) they had to shell out money to their creditors * * * [ ʃel aʊt] (colloq.) (B) ( to pay ) they had to shell out money to their creditors …   Combinatory dictionary

  • shell out — {v.}, {informal} To pay or spend. * /Dick had to shell out a lot of money for his new car./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • shell out — {v.}, {informal} To pay or spend. * /Dick had to shell out a lot of money for his new car./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • shell out — v To pay unwillingly. I had to shell out $220 for a new water pump on my car. 1810s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • shell\ out — v informal To pay or spend. Dick had to shell out a lot of money for his new car …   Словарь американских идиом

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