Definitions

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  • adj. Crazy, nutty, loony.

Etymologies

out + there (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Why would I want to put out there on my license - hey, I'm a nut job," said Marvin Myers, president of the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Inc.

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  • I cheered when Barry said we should cut off the eastern seaboard and let it drift out to sea, even though my own state of Maryland would have been drifting out there as well.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • By the time the tournament ended in the four-hole playoffglory for Harrington, tragedy for Garcia, all the joy and heartbreak of the game of golf played out there on a flat piece of land in Scotlandthe room was mostly empty.

    The Italian Summer

  • My cousin, Felecia A., I prayed so much that you were out there and well and I thank God to know that my prayers were answered.

    Real wifeys

  • “Last week,” Donna Sue said, “Mama busted up Daddy's moonshine still out there by the mouth of the creek 'cause he's seeing that gal down at the Tavern.”

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • The palm tree was growing at an angle, leaning out toward the ocean as if it wished it were out there swimming along with Juliette, Doctor Proctor, and Joan, who were splashing around in the waves a ways out and laughing happily as if nothing had happened.

    Bubble in the Bathtub

  • One single piece of paper is stretched out there in front of you, the lyric poem, as big as the salt flats in Utah, where fearless Craig Breedlove drove his jet-powered car at six hundred miles an hour.

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

  • And while people sometimes equate blogging with writing in a diary, the blogging platform implies that you are willing to put yourself out there and make your dirty laundry public.

    The Flex Diet

  • It was a little eerie to look out there and realize that we were completely surrounded by dozens of the huge, prehistoric-looking predators floating silently in the murky water.

    NANCY DREW

  • We have an excuse for these messy rooms, a business called Pillow Talk, but there are people out there who might consider us slobs.

    WRECKED

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  • Of the ten examples shown of "out there" in use, only one is matched by the three defining adjectives or synonyms. It seems to me that this phrase is one of our most recent thoughtlessnesses. Why? Because there is no "out there." We posit one with the phrase, but where is it, what is it? "Out there" is what a grammarian or linguist might call a "suprasegmental," a phrasal locative, a phrasal adverb, a "phatic communion." It gains us nothing. In this category too I would put "going forward." Take any sentence uttered or written with "out there" in it, delete those two words (that one phrase), and no harm is done to sense because the phrase added nothing to it. In fact (and the same goes for "going forward"), the sense is complete already, sans phrase.

    January 2, 2012