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 Dreamers couldn’t flunk out of high school, or have D.U.I.s, or work at McDonald’s. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2021 Vivian Morris, who’s just flunked out of Vassar, probably doesn’t get her own allusion; Gilbert surely does. David Gates, New York Times, 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, 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, 10 Nov. 2019 Not long after quitting football, Christie flunked out of school. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 25 Jan. 2020 By Christmas, he’d flunked out of school and moved in with his parents. Abigail Jones, Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2020 The fifth plan to flunk out was Nevada’s USAA College Savings Plan. Liz Weston, chicagotribune.com, 25 Nov. 2019 The fifth plan to flunk out was Nevada’s USAA College Savings Plan. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2019 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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