let out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v let out make (clothes) larger "Let out that dress--I gained a lot of weight"
    • v let out make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold","The actress won't reveal how old she is","bring out the truth","he broke the news to her","unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
    • v let out express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words) "She let out a big heavy sigh","He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"
    • v let out bring out of a specific state
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance
    • Let out to allow to get free, to let some secret become known
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  • William M. Thackeray
    “Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.”
  • Lyman Beecher
    Lyman Beecher
    “Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. I can work out a good character much faster than anyone can lie me out of it”
  • M. R. Dehaan
    M. R. Dehaan
    “It's not necessary to blow out your neighbor's light to let your own shine.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't let your mind go wandering, its too small to go out by itself.”


Let the cat out of the bag - If you accidentally reveal a secret, you let the cat out of the bag.
Let the genie out of the bottle - If people let the genie out of the bottle, they let something bad happen that cannot be put right or controlled.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽtan, to permit, pt.t. lét, leót, pp. læten; Ger. lassen, Fr. laisser, to permit.


In literature:

I did not let the cat out of the bag, but I made it jump out.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
Come upon this pool at twilight and you would see the trout playing there as though they had just been let out of school.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Simon let out a deep breath of relief.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Clarence, don't you let it out; your mother, fortunately, is out of the way.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
Creek House loomed and he let out a yell of triumph.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
At last he let out a full-throated scream.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Pan let out a loud yell.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Take out the fire, and let them remain in the copper till cold.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
The girl, cheeks flushed with excitement, followed as though fearing to let him out of her sight.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Cover it close, and let the whole boil gently till two parts out of three are wasted.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury

In poetry:

"Now sound out, trumpets!" quo Buccleuch;
"Let's waken Lord Scroope right merrilie!"
Then loud the warden's trumpet blew
"O whae dare meddle wi me?"
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
“‘T is done,” they cried, “by yonder wight,
Who rides upon the waves;
Let’s wade out to him, through the surf,
And beat him with our staves.”
"Saint Oluf (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Let us be thankful for the loyal hand
That love held out in welcome to our own,
When love and only love could understand
The need of touches we had never known.
"Thanksgiving" by James Whitcomb Riley
If now no more a mat for her is found
Of all which line her father's wigwam round,
Let Pennacook call out his warrior train,
And send her back with wampum gifts again."
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
" You can't come in here! " he thundered,
—Then —a woman's voice —so soft —
Said., "Don't turn them out in the storm — OS-WALD!
Let them sleep up in the loft!"
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor
You saw it, Father? Let me think you did
Because I, groping in the mists of Doubt,
Am sometimes fearful that God’s face is hid
From all — that none can read His riddle out!
"John Bede Polding" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Two San Bernardino schools are letting kids out early Tuesday due to the heat and a lack of air conditioning.
'If the schools didn't let out early, many parents would just keep their kids home the whole day'.
Metro squads let out collective roar in 112-team Lions tourney.
Karolina Kurkova May Have to Finally Let Out Her Pants.
Repeal would let out -of-state gays marry in Mass.
Students will be let out of school early on Thursday, Nov 17, so the local schools can hold parent/ teacher conferences on Thursday evening and Friday, Nov 18.
Huron High School students are being let out of class early as the school deals with the deaths of two teenagers in a car crash last weekend.
Let's just start out by saying-what a HORRIBLE game Sunday afternoon.
Let's make a list of the important things you need before walking out the door: Wallet: Check.
But the $500,000 payday she's seeking from celebrity mags to officially let the cat out of the bag is a bit much to expect.
This has been another heavy week in Kansas City, so let's leave on a lighter note (an not one to skeeve out Thomas Jones).
It was reveiled at the Millage Marathon Challenge in England, and they let an 11 year old girl take the car out for a test drive.
The philosophy behind brining your turkey, or most any meat, is to marinate in a salt rich liquid which initially draws moisture out of the meat and then lets it back in accompanied by whatever else you've chosen to flavor your meal.
So let's say you're a Republican politician who's been working the far right side of the political highway for years, getting little national attention other than the occasional shout-out in Human Events.
Let us know what you find out about yourself.

In science:

It is not an isomorphism but, as we will see shortly, its kernel is nilpotent; this turns out to be enough to let us compute eigenvalues.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Let us point out here the relation between L and the canonical bundle of B.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
Let us study a chain with N links, out of which N − k correspond to the first part with small non-ordered k⊥ , and the remaining k links belong to the second part with increasing k⊥ .
A Simple Model for the BFKL-DGLAP Transition in Deep Inelastic Scattering
Let O(A+) be a gauge invariant functional formed out of V ′s and V †′ s at various values of x.
A Simple Derivation of the JIMWLK Equation
Let us study a chain with N links, out of which N − k correspond to the first part with small non-ordered k⊥ , and the remaining k links belong to the second part with increasing k⊥ .
A Simple Model for the BFKL-DGLAP Transition