be out

be out  {v. phr.}
1. To not be at home or at one's place of work.
I tried to call but they told me that Al was out.
2. To be unacceptable; not be considered; impossible.
I suggested that we hire more salespeople but the boss replied that such a move was positively out.
3. To be poorer by; suffer a loss of.
Unless more people came to the church picnic, we realized we would be out $500 at least.
4. To be in circulation, in print, published.
Jane said that her new novel won't be out for at least another month.
5. A baseball term indicating that a player has been declared either unfit to continue or punished by withdrawing him.
The spectators thought that John was safe at third base, but the umpire said he was out.
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