Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(find/talk) a way out

way outfind a way outtalk a way out
Meaning(s)
1) means of avoiding or escaping a difficult situation
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • find a way out
  • Analysis

    ‘To find a way out’ of something is to literally escape from a situation or to exit somewhere. Figuratively, it means to find your way out of a responsibility or an agreement. To ‘talk your way out’ is to use your skills of persuasion to get out of a difficult or undesirable situation. Similar in meaning to ‘having the gift of the gab’ or ‘weasel out of something’.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. When John heard his brother was in trouble, he promised to help him find a way out of his current predicament. 
    2. After the policeman pulled him over for speeding, he tried to talk his way out of a ticket.
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2) unconventional or unusual
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    • something was way out there
  • Analysis

    Something considered ‘way out’ is unusual or very strange or progressive. This is a slang phrase that comes from the US and is similar in meaning to ‘far out’. It is very informal and used in social contexts.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The plot of the movie was way out there, so you never knew what was going to happen next. 
    2. His ideas for the project were interesting, but just too way out to be put into practice.
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