from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to distribute freely; to bring out or pay, as money.
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In all innocence, I accepted — and I haven't seen that five bob yet, because the randy baggage had to shell out all her loose change to buy the silence of the grinning water-bailiff who caught us unawares in the reeds, where she was teaching me natural history after her swim.
He tapped for comm control and the Scapa Flow's brand-new Domino III voice refractor, feeling a flicker of grim satisfaction at his own foresight in persuading the Senator to shell out the cash for the latter.
It's beautifully presented in individual plastic containers with lots of pix of said band around the globe but the rub is that you have to shell out for the lot to obtain the tastily heavier-reggae 'Bed' single.