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stay out meaning

  "stay out" in a sentence
  • 1. stay out to not come home at night, or to come home late, especially when someone is expecting you:
    Phil had never stayed out without phoning me before, so I was really worried.
    At home there were always rows if Lisa stayed out late with her friends.
    SIMILAR TO: stop out BrE informal
    OPPOSITE: stay in
    2. stay out (on strike) if workers stay out, they continue to refuse to work because of an argument with their employer about pay, working conditions etc:
    Teachers in some places stayed out on strike for several weeks. ► compare come out BrE

  • [American slang]
    1. Lit. to keep out of something or some place.
      Stay out of here!
      Please stay out until we are ready.
    2. Fig. to remain uninvolved in some piece of business.
      I decided to stay out of it and let someone else handle it.
      My help wasn't needed there, so I just stayed out.

Examples

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  1. children shouldn't stay out after dark.
  2. his father told him to stay out of trouble.
  3. i had just as soon stay out of the quarrel.
  4. i had just as lief stay out of the quarrel.
  5. this time i want to stay out of sight.

Related Words

  1. stay on one's toes meaning
  2. stay on sth meaning
  3. stay on the good side of so meaning
  4. stay on top of so or sth meaning
  5. stay one step ahead of so or sth meaning
  6. stay out of meaning
  7. stay out of my way. meaning
  8. stay out of sight meaning
  9. stay out of this! meaning
  10. stay over meaning
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