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pan out

verb

Definition of pan out

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  turn out; especially :  succeed <the signs revealed that the experiment wasn't panning out — Ronald Reagan>



Examples of pan out in a sentence

  1. <the eagerly anticipated kayaking trip never panned out>

  2. <the investment scheme didn't quite pan out>



Origin and Etymology of pan out

2pan


First Known Use: 1868


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