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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Out-of-state liberal donors have shelled out big for Democrats in a handful of special elections since Trump took office. Andrea Drusch, star-telegram, "Democrat leads the pack in fundraising for retiring GOP Rep. Joe Barton’s seat | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 18 Apr. 2018 For more driving feels, shell out another $5,000 for the inline six-cylinder. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 BMW 530i xDrive is all very good and nice," 26 July 2017 Godparent proposals don’t have to be expensive, but wealthier parents have demonstrated a willingness to shell out for the occasion. Marris Adikwu, Glamour, ""Will You Be My...Godparent?" How a Religious Rite of Passage Swept Social Media," 2 Apr. 2019 Of course, there's hardly a need to shell out the big bucks for every single person on your list. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Best Holiday Gifts Under $100 for Beauty, Hair, and Skin Care Lovers," 23 Oct. 2018 Guests can expect to shell out $62,000 a head for a standard cabin, and work their way up to $250,000 depending on cabin class—making it, for now, the most expensive cruising experience on offer. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Silversea to Launch the World's First Cruise to Hit All 7 Continents," 17 Sep. 2018 That said, there's no need to shell out extra cash just to save a few tenths of an ounce. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Battle of the Lightweight Storm Shells," 11 May 2018 To Belichick, the idea of shelling out expensive and sometimes risky contracts to players is as foreign as punting on first down. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Super Bowl of Opposites," 25 Jan. 2019 O’Neill herself makes self-care a part of her day without shelling out a cent. Amy Keller Laird, SELF, "Why Your Self-Care Methods Aren't Working—and How to Fix That," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of shell out

1801, in the meaning defined above

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