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 Many of the stories follow a pattern: After agreeing to shell out for a bike or a treadmill — most buyers are required to begin making payments immediately — customers are given a delivery date of anywhere from three to 10 weeks from purchase. New York Times, "Peloton’s Rapid Rise Is Threatened by Its Slow Delivery," 17 Jan. 2021 Berkley will shell out $385,000 to claimants plus commit to spending about $200,000 on future sewer improvements, City Manager Matt Baumgarten said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland cities settle sewage lawsuit for $11.5M, but homeowners will see little," 29 Dec. 2020 Some are questioning at least the optics of the billionaire Cubs-owning Ricketts family getting the temporary reprieve as city residents are preparing to shell out more in property taxes. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Lightfoot, city officials ‘ready’ when vaccine is approved | Durbin vs. McConnell on relief package | Mellody Hobson rises to Starbucks board chairwoman," 9 Dec. 2020 But Apple is betting that at least some of its customers will be willing to shell out for the rest of the package—the design, the sound features, and the automatic pairing with other Apple products—for the chance to wear something, well, Apple-y. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Apple’s ‘One More Thing’ for 2020: A $549 Pair of Headphones," 8 Dec. 2020 Despite its steep price tag, it's landed two Readers' Choice Awards, as well, which just goes to show consumers are willing to shell out the coins. Sarah Han, Allure, "Dyson Is Having a Rare Sale on Its Award-Winning Hair Tools," 3 Dec. 2020 Atom hopes to attract the middle ground: people who want more granularity and insight but who don't want to shell out top dollar. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Atom looks to capitalize on the stock market craze with a new analytics subscription," 6 Oct. 2020 AstraZeneca will shell out $39 billion for Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a specialist in treatments for uncommon blood and immunological disorders. David Meyer, Fortune, "Fortune’s list of lists is here," 14 Dec. 2020 Mortgage companies that also service loans had to shell out money to front payments for struggling borrowers who entered forbearance programs after the pandemic hit, prompting concern that some lenders would run out of cash. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Mortgage Originations Are on Pace for Best Year Ever," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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29 Jan 2021

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“Shell out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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