shell out

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
Recent Examples on the Web Estuary is not the place to shell out $62 for steak, especially meat as lackluster as the restaurant’s supposedly aged rib-eye. Washington Post, "At two hotel restaurants, there’s room for improvement," 9 Jan. 2020 Eppler inherited an Angels’ team that was shelling out nearly $75 million annually to Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson and was nothing more than a mediocre major-league team with one of the worst farm systems in baseball. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Facing mounting pressure, MLB general managers on the hot seat as winter meetings begin," 9 Dec. 2019 Wall Street Journal Sanofi Buy The French drugmaker Sanofi will shell out $2.5 billion for the Californian biotech firm Synthorx. Alan Murray, Fortune, "What is Satya Nadella Worth?," 9 Dec. 2019 Coincidentally, the time to also shell out a big chunk of change to make this statement is now. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "A $130 Holiday Commercial For a Local Hardware Store Is Going Viral," 5 Dec. 2019 Huffman was one of the most prominent figures in the nationwide scandal in which wealthy parents shelled out millions of dollars to boost their children's chances of getting into high-ranking universities across the country. Sarah Jackson, NBC News, "New image emerges of Felicity Huffman in prison," 20 Oct. 2019 Nothing can distribute the yellow powder more efficiently—something farmers that shell out for commercial beehives every growing season know all too well. Rachel Fritts, Ars Technica, "A new pesticide is all the buzz," 18 Oct. 2019 Any parents who shell out that kind of money for this tacky, bargain-basement production seriously need to reevaluate their financial priorities. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical': Theater Review," 17 Oct. 2019 That may or may not be good news to the untold number of people who shelled out $45 per person for two hours at PokéBar. John Wenzel, The Know, "Pokémon pop-up bar canceled after organizer cites pushback from Nintendo," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of shell out

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shell out was in 1801

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19 Jan 2020

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“Shell out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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to express in a more acceptable way

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