nine times out of ten

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of nine times out of ten

: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

nine play
  1. : a number that is one more than eight — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the ninth in a set or series

  3. : something having nine units or members: such as

times play
  1. : multiplied by

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

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

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

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

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

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

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

ten play
  1. : a number that is one more than nine — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the 10th in a set or series

  3. : something having 10 units or members


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