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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After that, checks increase by 8 percent each year until benefits max out at age 70. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "How women who retire with their husbands often lose out," 17 Sep. 2018 Several Air Quality Index monitors maxed out on Wednesday with a reading of 999. Umair Irfan, Vox, "New Delhi is once again the most polluted city on Earth," 8 Nov. 2018 Only eight episodes total, the longest of which maxes out at 26 minutes in length, the ABC News series draws no conclusions into the crime but spotlights a detective’s nagging obsession and a family’s profound grief following tragedy. Allie Volpe, Teen Vogue, "10 Best Crime Podcasts," 30 Aug. 2018 Private lots also have been maxed out, so don’t expect to just drop in and find a spot, even at some of the bigger garages. Chris Erskine,, "All the LAX parking lots are full and your flight is in an hour. Here's what to do," 29 June 2018 Pay bills on time and don't max out the credit card. Linda G. Kramer,, "Financial seminar helps prepare teens for college: Community Voices," 26 Feb. 2018 Dew points should max out only in the mid- to upper 60s, and heat indexes should stay below the triple-digit mark. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Clearing overnight tonight. Mostly sunny and hot for Friday.," 28 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of max out

1967, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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