If you 'find something out', you get new information that you want to have or you learn a fact or information for the first time
· I only found out about this earlier today.
· We need to find out a lot more before we can give a definitive answer.
If you 'wash out' your clothes, you clean them, often by hand. If you have a stain in your clothes, you can try to 'wash out' the stain.
· I usually wash out my clothes in the sink when I am staying in a hotel.
· Red wine is really hard to wash out.
If a sports competition cannot continue because of rain, it has been 'washed out'.
· The tennis at Wimbledon was washed out for the day.
· There so much rain that it might wash out the game.
In US informal English, if you 'wash out', you fail to finish something or to achieve the necessary standard.
· He was a big football star in college but he washed out in the NFL.
· The training course is tough but I'm not going to wash out.
If you 'spread something out', you move things apart so that there is plenty of space or time between them.
· I'll spread these photos out on the table so that you can all see them.
· You can spread the payments out over several months.
Phrasal Verbs with OUT 4
If you 'show somebody out', you show them the door out of the building.
· My secretary will show you out.
· Could you show Ms Smith out?
If you 'set out', you start a journey or activity.
· We need to set out early if we want to get there in time for lunch.
· I set out to be an architect but ended up a zoologist.
To 'set out' can also mean to give all the details or a full explanation.
· She set out all the facts clearly in her presentation.
· The contract clearly sets out your terms of employment.
If you 'cross something out', you draw a line through it because it is wrong.
· You can't just cross out things you don't like in the contract. We need to retype it.
· Just cross out her name and put your own in its place.
If you 'miss out' on something, you don't get something that you would like that other people get.
· I missed out on the bonus because I'd not met my sales targets.
· There are some real bargains in the sales. Make sure you don't miss out.
If you 'pass out', you lose consciousness.
· He had too much to drink and passed out.
· It was so hot that I thought I was going to pass out.
If you 'pass something out', you distribute it to people in the room.
· I'm going to pass out a copy of the letter for you to study.
· Could someone pass out these papers, please?
If you 'point someone or something out', you indicate where they are, either by speaking or by pointing your finger.
· If Diana is at this party, I'll point her out to you.
· Martin pointed out several mistakes I had made.