American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who goes to extremes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thoroughgoer; a first-rate fellow; one to be depended upon.
- n. someone who is excellent at something
“She had spent enough years in London to recognize in him a regular top sawyer, an out-and-outer, as other gentlemen would call him.”
“If only I had the poetic vocabulary I'd give him a high-class out-and-outer.”
“Boatman's an out-and-outer, once one gets on good terms with him.”
“But, on the other hand, "in a livelier tone," if your ladyship has any curiosity, or shall we say, a psychological bent, regarding the real out-and-outer, the excursion should be to your liking.”
“He's the right kind of bad, and he's getting ready to grow into a great, big, straight out-and-outer, with a mind like lightning and a heart like one of the sons of God.”
“I never knew such a regular out-and-outer as Hopkins.”
“A real out-and-outer, and no mistake," were the confirmatory replies.”
“Not a nice young lady for a small tea-party, sir, 'he added, lowering his voice; 'a regular out-and-outer your sister is, to be sure.”
“It seems he went to him every morning, and repeatedly said to Kymli, "I was at Herr Mozart's again yesterday evening; he is, indeed, a wonderful little fellow; he is an out-and-outer, and no mistake!" and was always praising me.”
“Zeb Marston, a regular out-and-outer frontiersman, who seemed to spend his whole life in settling out of the way places, and locating his family in sickly situations.”
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