shell out

verb

Definition of shell out 

: pay

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of shell out in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Those include shelling out $3 million on security since taking office, including during a personal trip to Disneyland; traveling first class on taxpayer money; and paying $43,000 for a soundproof booth for his office. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Scott Pruitt is even worse at yes-or-no questions than he is at following ethics rules," 26 Apr. 2018 Humble’s also got a pretty great bundle going on right now, for those who don’t mind shelling out a few dollars for hours of entertainment. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Red Faction Guerrilla gets 'Re-Mars-Stered,' de_dust2 appears in Far Cry 5," 30 Mar. 2018 Stars can expect to shell out $300 for a house-call appointment with a celebrity manicurist to make sure every tip is polished to perfection. Sarah Lindig, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is How Much It Costs to Get an Actress Golden Globes-Ready," 10 Jan. 2016 A few months after its mega-funding from SoftBank, WeWork shelled out $850 million to acquire the Fifth Avenue Lord & Taylor building. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "SoftBank's Futuristic Vision Fund Takes on the Real (Estate) World," 16 Apr. 2018 Three years ago, this picturesque lakeside city of 7,000 shelled out nearly $4 million — a figure representing more than half of its annual budget — to buy the sprawling villa. Eric Dexheimer, ajc, "Small Texas town buys $4 million luxury mansion, but deal backfires. Now what, officials ask?," 16 Mar. 2018 New Jersey hair braiders are declaring victory after lawmakers last week recognized a 17-year push to no longer require African braiders to shell out $18,000 and 1,200 hours in cosmetology school in order to operate a business. Oona Goodin-smith, Philly.com, "Families of Cosmo DiNardo murder victims speak out, Pa. to pay $2M to fight teacher shortage | Morning Newsletter," 13 July 2018 The rise in wages had risen to £30.4m, more than double that of the £12.9m revenue made that year, and another £4.6m had to be shelled out upon promotion in order to make the Vitality Stadium worthy of being a Premier League ground. SI.com, "Bournemouth Agree Settlement Fee With EFL Following Breach Of Financial Fair Play," 5 July 2018 Netflix did not reveal the sum total of the deal, but it has been known to shell out a lot for big names. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Rejoice In The Possibilities! Barack & Michelle Obama Signed Multi-Year Netflix Deal," 21 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shell out.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of shell out

1801, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shell out

Statistics for shell out

Last Updated

12 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for shell out

The first known use of shell out was in 1801

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on shell out

See words that rhyme with shell out

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for shell out

Comments on shell out

What made you want to look up shell out? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!