trot out


trotted out; trotting out; trots out

transitive verb

: to lead out and show the paces of (a horse)
: to bring forward for display or use
trotted out a new excuse

Examples of trot out in a Sentence

after no one bought the first explanation, they trotted out another
Recent Examples on the Web Saturday’s game against the right-handed Luis Castillo saw the Royals trot out four lefties: Pasquantino, Melendez, Frazier and Kyle Isbel. Kevin Flaherty, Kansas City Star, 9 June 2024 Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., last week trotted out that familiar defense for, respectively, an ethically questionable act and criminal corruption charges. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2024 Fox trotted out legendary quarterback Tom Brady, who will join the network’s play-by-play booth for football coverage. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2024 Today, trotting out the bomb to advertise goods might seem misguided at best and exploitative at worst. Thomas Bishop, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2024 If being good enough for a kingmaker like Rhimes or Kate Hudson wasn’t enough, Netflix also trotted out San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2024 Amazon trotted out A-list actors like Reese Witherspoon and Will Ferrell — the type who never in the past had to ask Madison Avenue for support. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 15 May 2024 Both Corman and Howard would constantly trot out an anecdote about the latter being on the set of his directorial debut, a 1977 car-chase gem called Grand Theft Auto. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2024 Once again, CinemaCon, where studios trot out executives and movie stars to pitch their upcoming blockbusters, arrived at a particularly challenging time for the film industry. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trot out was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Trot out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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