pan out
intransitive verb Etymology: 2pan Date: 1868 turn out; especially succeed <
the signs revealed that the experiment wasn't panning out — Ronald Reagan
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  • pan out — {v.}, {informal} To have a result, especially a good result; result favorably; succeed. * /Suppose the class tried to make money by selling candy. How would that pan out?/ * /Edison s efforts to invent an electric light bulb did not pan out until …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pan out — {v.}, {informal} To have a result, especially a good result; result favorably; succeed. * /Suppose the class tried to make money by selling candy. How would that pan out?/ * /Edison s efforts to invent an electric light bulb did not pan out until …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pan out — (p[a^]n out ), 1. v. i. To succeed; as, the project didn t pan out. [PJC] 2. To turn out (profitably or unprofitably); to result; to develop; as, the investigation, or the speculation, panned out poorly. [Slang, U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pan out — [v] come to pass; succeed click*, come out*, culminate, eventuate, go, go over*, happen, net*, prove out, result, turn out, work out, yield; concept 706 Ant. fail, not happen  …   New thesaurus

  • pan out — verb 1. be a success The idea panned out • Hypernyms: ↑succeed, ↑win, ↑come through, ↑bring home the bacon, ↑deliver the goods • Verb Frames: Something s …   Useful english dictionary

  • pan out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms pan out : present tense I/you/we/they pan out he/she/it pans out present participle panning out past tense panned out past participle panned out informal if a situation pans out in a particular way, it… …   English dictionary

  • pan out — in. [for something] to work out or turn out all right. □ Don’t worry. Everything will pan out okay. □ Nothing seems to pan out for me anymore …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pan\ out — v informal To have a result, especially a good result; result favorably; succeed. Suppose the class tried to make money by selling candy. How would that pan out? Edison s efforts to invent an electric light bulb did not pan out until he used… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pan out — succeed, go as planned, work out    Blair s ideas usually pan out. His suggestions are practical …   English idioms

  • pan out — end or finish favorably, work out well I hope that your plans to go back to school pan out well …   Idioms and examples

  • pan out — verb a) To separate and recover (valuable minerals) by swirling dirt or crushed rock in a pan of water, in the manner of a traditional prospector seeking gold. On the Saturday holidays in summer time we used to borrow skiffs whose owners were not …   Wiktionary

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