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spout



Pronunciation: (spout), [key]
v.t.
1. to emit or discharge forcibly (a liquid, granulated substance, etc.) in a stream or jet.
2. Informal.to state or declaim volubly or in an oratorical manner: He spouted his theories on foreign policy for the better part of the night.

v.i.
1. to discharge, as a liquid, in a jet or continuous stream.
2. to issue forth with force, as liquid or other material through a narrow orifice.
3. Informal.to talk or speak at some length or in an oratorical manner.

n.
1. a pipe, tube, or liplike projection through or by which a liquid is discharged, poured, or conveyed.
2. a trough or shoot for discharging or conveying grain, flour, etc.
3. a waterspout.
4. a continuous stream of liquid, granulated substance, etc., discharged from or as if from a pipe, tube, shoot, etc.
5. a spring of water.
6. a downpour or fall, esp. of water, from a high place; waterfall.
7. a dumbwaiter or chute, formerly common in pawnbrokers' shops, by which articles pawned were sent to another floor for storage.
8. Brit. Slang.pawnshop.
9. up the spout, Brit. Slang.
a. pawned.
b. in a desperate situation; beyond help: His financial affairs are up the spout.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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