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
Recent Examples on the Web The picture is the same along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina—where taxpayers have shelled out roughly $2 billion for beach replenishment. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Dorian Takes A Swipe at Beach Replenishment Projects," 6 Sep. 2019 Also, by my amateurish calculations, the team could have stayed and built a stadium for what Davis will shell out to move into a stadium owned by Vegas folks. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ departure from Oakland lacks pride, poise, plan," 6 Sep. 2019 In that event, countries and telecoms carriers that are already shelling out billions to build 5G networks may have to rely on more expensive equipment from Nokia Oyj and Ericsson AB. Washington Post, "How Huawei Became a Target for Governments," 16 May 2019 Sheldon ISD is shelling out nearly $200 million for a new high school, football stadium and elementary school just south of Summer Creek High School. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "After $285 million bond Sheldon ISD nears debuts of new football stadium, high school," 5 Sep. 2019 Baltimore City is shelling out $150,000 for the next fiscal year, while Fairfax County recently approved $200,000 for a pilot program. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Legal funding for immigrants in detention: A debate that divided this wealthy Md. suburb makes a return," 29 Aug. 2019 Fortune Hasbro Buy Toymaker Hasbro is shelling out around $4 billion for Entertainment One, the British owner of preschool brands such as Peppa Pig and PJ Masks. David Meyer, Fortune, "The End of Shareholder Primacy, Again: CEO Daily," 23 Aug. 2019 Salesforce Tower, Ross Dress for Less and other downtown San Francisco corporations and businesses are shelling out millions of dollars to pay off-duty police officers to work as private security guards. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Businesses hiring real SF cops on OT to keep crime down, employees safe," 21 Aug. 2019 People are also shelling out $10 a month for an ad-free experience, which is more expensive than Disney’s incoming Disney+. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Star Trek is ViacomCBS’s best hope for streaming greatness," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of shell out

1801, in the meaning defined above

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of shell out was in 1801

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