flunk out


Definition of flunk out 

intransitive verb

: to be dismissed from a school or college for failure

transitive verb

: to dismiss from a school or college for failure

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He was accepted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 16 but flunked out after three years as a math major. Mary Williams Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018 His work history was uneven Fields flunked out of basic training two years ago, the U.S. Army told Fox News. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Charlottesville attack suspect: What we know about James Alex Fields, Jr.," 28 June 2018 These questions look like they were prepared by a first year law student who flunked out for being patently stupid. Fox News, "Storm over Giuliani interviews," 7 May 2018 McManus, Stimson said, nearly flunked out of Washington State University but then got serious about writing, and remained so for the rest of his life, dedicating a certain part of each day to writing and telling his students to do the same. Washington Post, "Outdoors humor columnist Patrick F. McManus dies at 84," 13 Apr. 2018 But the sad, almost inevitable result is that the absent student will flunk out of college — attendance is one of the primary markers for success in the first year of college and for ultimate completion of the college degree. Patricia Mcguire, Washington Post, "After the scandals, what happens to public school students in college?," 1 Mar. 2018 The negative consequences may not be obvious at first, because the pass rates in these courses are very high and students who take them tend to graduate from high school instead of flunking out. Susan Dynarski, New York Times, "Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most Help," 19 Jan. 2018 Nobody flunks out, and the consultant class self-perpetuates. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "The DNC Is Broken," 3 Nov. 2017 The other backup, Brock Osweiler, flunked out with the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "This is one comeback Elway may not soon pull off," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of flunk out

1920, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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