nine times out of ten

Definition of nine times out of ten

  1. :  occurring on average nine times for every ten instances of something :  most of the time by far She beats me at chess nine times out of ten.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the ninth in a set or series

    :  something having nine units or members: such as

    :  the nine Muses

  1. :  multiplied by

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. :  the 10th in a set or series

    :  something having 10 units or members

    :  a 10-dollar bill

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