shell out

verb
shelled out; shelling out; shells out

Definition of shell out

: pay

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Examples of shell out in a Sentence

we shelled out an obscene amount of money for those concert tickets

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Those who already pay $13 a month for Netflix or $6 for Hulu for their most popular plans might be wary about shelling out for other monthly services. Washington Post, "‘The Office’ to leave Netflix as streaming battles heat up," 26 June 2019 Another prime candidate, presumably, may be 1%ers who can afford to shell out $12,000 for the basic Mac Pro and would enjoy the bragging rights of owning the latest Apple gizmo. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Apple's top Mac Pro computer costs more than the average car," 4 June 2019 That's handy for those who'd like to satisfy their curiosity without shelling out for the health test. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "I Tried the Most Popular Dog DNA Tests to Find the Best One," 22 May 2019 Six years later Frazee had already shelled out over $100,000 in interest to Ruppert. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘The Big Fella’ Review: American Hit Parade," 5 Oct. 2018 Fortune Marathon and Andeavor Marathon Petroleum intends to shell out over $20 billion for pipeline and refining firm Andeavor, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s sources. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "T-Mobile and Sprint, Walmart, Marathon and Andeavor: CEO Daily for April 30, 2018," 30 Apr. 2018 Ad-tracking firm Kantar estimated that Facebook shelled out $382 million on ads in the U.S. last year, up from $50 million in 2017. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Facebook to Boost Ad Spending as It Tries to Restore Reputation," 14 June 2019 Based on public-company filings, Mr Blasi estimates that big firms have shelled out at least 0.5% of their shares a year to their five most senior executives. The Economist, "Blue-collar capitalists," 8 June 2019 These yo-yos cost about $10 today — though previous generations had to shell out $30-$35 about 10-15 years ago. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Get tricky on National Yo-Yo Day," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of shell out

1801, in the meaning defined above

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