shell out

verb
shelled out; shelling out; shells out

Definition of shell out

: pay

Examples of shell out in a Sentence

we shelled out an obscene amount of money for those concert tickets
Recent Examples on the Web Many buyers who paid less than $10 for an NFT had to shell out several tens of thousands of dollars in gas fees. Scott Nover, Quartz, 3 May 2022 The NY Times recently reported that at mid-week prices (March 9) for gasoline and food, American families will have to shell out an extra $3,000/year; $2000 for gas and $1,000 for food. Robert Barone, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 As of Friday, the average Alabamian would have to shell out $4.16 for a gallon - three cents more than the previous day. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 11 Mar. 2022 Those customers will have to shell out for it, though, given the CR-V Hybrid sits at the top of the range. Beth Nichols, Car and Driver, 26 Jan. 2022 And as long as visitors are willing to shell out hundreds of dollars on tasting experiences, or thousands on a hotel room, operators will be encouraged to maintain their prices. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2022 Millions of people are set to shell out hundreds, possibly even thousands, of extra dollars just to keep their homes warm this year. Isabelle Jani-friend, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 Those who were seeking tickets in the upper level still had to shell out at least $4,341 on game day. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2022 Chelsea has been a money-losing enterprise for some time now, so much so that Abramovich has had to shell out roughly $2 billion in personal loans since buying the club for $190 million in 2003 to keep things afloat. Justin Birnbaum, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“Shell out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shell%20out. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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