butt out
intransitive verb Date: 1906 to cease interference or involvement <
told him to butt out of my affairs
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • butt out — intransitive verb Etymology: butt (in) + out (I) : to cease interference or involvement told him to butt out of my personal affairs * * * butt out (N American and Aust) To refrain from interfering • • • Main Entry: ↑butt …   Useful english dictionary

  • Butt Out — Infobox Television episode Title = Butt Out Series = South Park Caption = The boys smoking behind the school Season = 7 Episode = 109 Airdate = start date|2003|12|3 Production = 713 Writer = Matt Stone Director = Trey Parker Guests = Episode list …   Wikipedia

  • butt out — vb American to stop interfering, keep out, leave some where. Usually in the form of an instruc tion to remove oneself, butt out is a fairly mild, if brusque expression. The butt component is interesting in that it is prob ably inspired by butt in …   Contemporary slang

  • butt out — PHRASAL VERB If someone tells you to butt out, they are telling you rudely to go away or not to interfere with what they are doing. [mainly AM, INFORMAL] [V P] She would have liked to tell him to butt out... [V P of n] The time has come for… …   English dictionary

  • butt out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms butt out : present tense I/you/we/they butt out he/she/it butts out present participle butting out past tense butted out past participle butted out mainly American spoken used for telling someone rudely to… …   English dictionary

  • Butt out! — exclam. Get out of my affairs!; Mind your own business! □ Go away! Butt out! □ Butt out! I’m busy …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • butt out — to not get involved in something. Teens usually think their parents should just butt out of their lives. Usage notes: often used as an order: This is none of your business, so just butt out! …   New idioms dictionary

  • butt out — Verb. An impolite request to keep one s nose out of something. E.g. Butt out John, it s none of your business. Orig. U.S …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • butt out — go away, beat it, get lost    We asked him to butt out so we could have a private talk …   English idioms

  • butt out —  Mind your own business (considered rude or impolite).  ► “Two weeks ago, in response to the trade talks, the chairman of Nissan Motor told both Japan and the U.S. to butt out of the private sector.” (Barron’s, Sept. 26, 1994, p. 13) …   American business jargon

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