max out


Definition of max out 

intransitive verb

: to reach an upper limit or a peak the car maxed out at 85 mph

transitive verb

: to push to a limit or an extreme also : to use up all available credit on maxed out the credit cards

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Specifically, short-term gains are taxed as ordinary income, whereas long-term gains max out at a 20% rate. Maurie Backman, USA TODAY, "Tired of losing a ton of money to taxes? 3 strategies to employ," 10 Mar. 2018 Terminal A’s lounge is expected to be up to 2,151 square feet, while Terminal B’s will max out at 1,397 square feet. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "New lounges planned for both Sacramento International Airport terminals," 27 Jan. 2018 This causes the axis to tilt a little more or a little less over time, drooping to just over 24 degrees and maxing out at about 22 degrees every 40,000 years or so. Chris J. Ratcliffe, National Geographic, "This Summer Solstice, Earth's Days Are Longer Than Ever," 20 June 2018 The hotel, the last-minute flights, the transport to and from the airport, the actual surgery — my credit card was maxed out. Josephine Sedgwick, New York Times, "‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion," 9 July 2018 The Trues, who earn in the low six figures annually, max out their contributions at 25% of their income. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "For Athletes, It’s Double Trouble to Plan for Retirement," 5 July 2018 The Ultra II maxes out at 545MB/s, while the Ultra 3D hits up to 560MB/s. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "You can get a 1TB SanDisk Ultra II SSD for $200 using this code," 16 May 2018 The heat and humidity continue with highs in the mid-90s and the heat index maxing out near or past 100. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Hot temps and humidity build today, with heat index near 100-105 tomorrow," 17 June 2018 Gabriel needs reps as a main contributor to max out potential. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Get ready, amateur alphas: Kentucky basketball isn't for everyone," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of max out

1967, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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