butt out


butted out; butting out; butts out

intransitive verb

: to cease interference or involvement
told him to butt out of my affairs

Examples of butt out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If there is a willing employer and a willing migrant worker, the government should butt out. Tj Hutchinson, The Denver Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Driving home from a pre-production cast and crew dinner on The Godfather, Duvall dared Caan to stick his butt out the car window and moon Marlon Brando, sitting in the car across the way. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 18 Mar. 2022 Officials have pleaded with residents to adhere to a statewide burn ban, stressing that something as small as throwing a cigarette butt out a car window, sparks from dragging safety trailer chains, warm exhaust pipes on grass, or even cooking outside could lead to devastating consequences. Sara Cline, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Sep. 2023 Your mom has one mandate here: to apologize, make amends and butt out. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Tell Google to butt out. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2021 Say something or butt out? Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 In other words, butt out. Bea Lewis, sun-sentinel.com, 23 Nov. 2021 China is sending a blunt message to the U.S.: butt out of our domestic affairs or the Phase One trade deal will be in jeopardy. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 29 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of butt out was in 1906

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“Butt out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butt%20out. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

butt out

: to stop meddling in someone else's business
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