flunk out

flunked out; flunking out; flunks 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

Examples of flunk out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vivian Morris, who’s just flunked out of Vassar, probably doesn’t get her own allusion; Gilbert surely does. David Gates, New York Times, "Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘City of Girls’ Delivers a Love- and Booze-Filled Romp Through 1940s New York," 1 June 2019 Ali Master was once an aimless young Muslim immigrant from Pakistan who partied nightly, flunked out of the University of Texas at Arlington and was fired from flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "From a fired McDonald’s burger flipper to an Ernst & Young exec: The out-of-the-box life of Ali Master," 21 Feb. 2020 Of the 350 veterans who have gone through the program, about half have graduated and only 1 in 10 flunked out. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Court gives second chance to veterans who have trouble fitting into society," 10 Nov. 2019 Not long after quitting football, Christie flunked out of school. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Malcolm Christie is one of Hayden Fry’s greatest success stories — a success that goes beyond the gridiron," 25 Jan. 2020 By Christmas, he’d flunked out of school and moved in with his parents. Abigail Jones, Washington Post, "What Schizophrenia Does to Families," 13 Jan. 2020 The fifth plan to flunk out was Nevada’s USAA College Savings Plan. Liz Weston, chicagotribune.com, "Liz Weston: Is it time to switch your college savings plan?," 25 Nov. 2019 The fifth plan to flunk out was Nevada’s USAA College Savings Plan. Washington Post, "Liz Weston: Is it time to switch your college savings plan?," 25 Nov. 2019 Hill found that students in the bottom 25% of those admitted typically get less generous financial aid packages and are more likely to drop out or flunk out. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Liz Weston: Wake up to the truth about ‘dream schools’," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of flunk out

1920, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Flunk out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flunk%20out. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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