max out
verb Date: 1967 intransitive verb to reach an upper limit or a peak <
the car maxed out at 85 mph
transitive verb to push to a limit or an extreme; also to use up all available credit on <
maxed out the credit cards

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • max out — UK US max out Phrasal Verb with max({{}}/mæks/ verb INFORMAL ► [T] to spend or use the largest amount that is allowed, so you cannot spend or use any more: »When they max out their credit cards, they go to money lenders. »The general rule is to… …   Financial and business terms

  • max out — phrasal verb Word forms max out : present tense I/you/we/they max out he/she/it maxes out present participle maxing out past tense maxed out past participle maxed out American informal 1) [transitive] to reach the limit of something, or to use… …   English dictionary

  • max out — max (yourself) out to reach a limit. By Christmas our credit cards were maxed out. This great athlete hasn t maxed herself out yet. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of maximum (= the greatest amount possible) …   New idioms dictionary

  • max out — in. to reach one’s maximum in something, such as weight in weight lifting or credit on a credit card. □ Andy finally maxed out at 300 pounds. □ Randy just knew when he had maxed out. Something in his body told him to stop …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • max out — verb a) To reach the limit of ones capabilities. Ive spent all afternoon shopping and maxed out my credit card. b) To reach a maximum or a point at which no more growth or improvement is possible …   Wiktionary

  • max out — adj To go to the limit. I am maxed out at my work and need to rest. 1980s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • max out — v. use up completely. She maxed out her credit cards shopping last weekend …   English slang

  • Max out — cease surfing when the waves are too big to ride …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • max out — Australian Slang cease surfing when the waves are too big to ride …   English dialects glossary

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