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\ ˌau̇t-ə(v)-ˈbau̇n(d)z How to pronounce out-of-bounds (audio) \

Definition of out-of-bounds

: outside the prescribed or conventional boundaries or limits If the Frisbee hits the ground or soars out-of-bounds, it changes hands.— John Bowermaster Only a few yards over the green are out-of-bounds markers.— Jeff Gerth Our slate is going to have edgier films that aren't exactly out-of-bounds for children, but that are really made for more sophisticated audiences.— David Hochman

First Known Use of out-of-bounds

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of out-of-bounds was in 1798

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“Out-of-bounds.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out-of-bounds. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of out-of-bounds

: outside the area in which a game is played


adverb or adjective
\ ˌau̇t-əv-ˈbau̇ndz \

Kids Definition of out-of-bounds

: outside the limits of the playing area in a game or sport

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