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  • an out-and-out lie
  • out-and-out mayhem
  • It was worth the marathon of cutting and sewing when I walked in for the Report and the first thing I saw was the out-and-out envy in Josie’s eyes.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • But that is an out-and-out grin.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now

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  • I have turned out to be a right out and out Abolitionist.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • If he were out-and-out uncontrollably insane, we would have to put him away forever.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was a riddle expanding out and out and out.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Well, I never see anything like that old blister for clean out-and-out cheek.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The moment stretched out and out, interminable.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • I had an out-and-out crush on him.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl

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  • Mother must have concluded that since I was above out-and-out lying I was also beyond deceit.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • ’He’s an out-and-out Christian,’ said Charley.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Also, you’ll find out soon enough that John distorts—when he isn’t out-and-out lying.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Some of them were out-and-out frauds, and they exploited their people terribly.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • The place in Florida is a dump, if the out-and-out truth is to be spoken.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • —Not by a long chalk! we’ll have the gal out and out, and you keep quiet, or, ye see, we’ll have both,—what’s to hinder?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Immediately the wind lifted both of them and she saw herself sailing off the fill to the right, out and out over the lashing water.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • ’ It was the first time in a long time I’d out and out lied and it bothered me.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Lither that, or that particular cab driver was an out-and-out-louse.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • It was harder to bear than Honey’s out-and-out cattiness.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Not one of them, not the biggest drunkard, not the most…. out-and-out ruffian, not one of them ever preached ex cathedra a word of false doctrine.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • It is quite clear that the colonel was a cool and desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should stand in the way of his little game, like those out-and-out pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I know human nature pretty well by now," he added, with a note of sadness in his cheery, young voice, "and I know these Frenchmen out and out.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • "Oh, you’ll see fighting this time, my boy, what’ll be regular out-and-out fighting," added the tall soldier, with the air of a man who is about to exhibit a battle for the benefit of his friends.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I tried to breathe but my breath would not come and I felt myself rush bodily out of myself and out and out and out and all the time bodily in the wind.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • That is talking like an out-and-out enemy of the people!
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • "I’ll never tell him to my dying day, wild horses shan’t drag it out of me, so you’ll forgive me, Meg, and I’ll do anything to show how out-and-out sorry I am," he added, looking very much ashamed of himself.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He didn’t sit by me in class; his workshop poems became unaccountably straightforward and affectionate, out and out love poems.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • We are Radicals, too, out and out.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • That’s a out and out lie or I never heard one, said Rawlins.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • So he preached to them, as he had always preached: with that rapt fury which they had considered sacrilege and which those from the other churches believed to be out and out insanity.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • You know how girls are at that age about any attention paid their bodies, and this was out and out probing of the rudest kind.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • And afterward an out-and-out materialistic world—and the Catholic Church.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • He could spar better than Knuckles, the private (who would have been a corporal but for his drunkenness, and who had been in the prize-ring); and was the best batter and bowler, out and out, of the regimental club.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The out-and-out meanness.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • The black well of sky and stars went out and out and out forever; her body and her complexity seemed to disappear.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Is it only a small crack, or a out-and-out smash?
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • A sort of wit like Brichot’s would have been regarded as out-and-out stupidity by the people among whom Swann had spent his early life, for all that it is quite compatible with real intelligence.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • The foreignness of his depigmentation by unknown suns, his nourishment by strange soils, his tongue awkward with the curl of many dialects, his reactions attuned to odd alarms—these things fascinated and rested Nicole—in the moment of meeting she lay on his bosom, spiritually, going out and out…… Then self-preservation reasserted itself and retiring to her own world she spoke lightly.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But suppose that secretly—After all, you never could tell about these darn highbrows; and to be an out-and-out spiritualist would be almost like being a socialist!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He repudiated blood birthright and material security for his sake, for the sake of this man who was at least an intending bigamist even if not an out and out blackguard, and on whose dead body four years later Judith was to find the photograph of the other woman and the child.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • …with terror forever ruining any other look she might ever try to use again, screaming when he grabbed for her and ripped her uniform all the way down the front, screaming again when the two nippled circles started from her chest and swelled out and out, bigger than anybody had ever even imagined, warm and pink in the light-only at the last, after the officials realized that the three black boys weren’t going to do anything but stand and watch and they would have to beat him off without…
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • I call that out-and-out prejudice.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • Don’t try to be any one else; be simply yourself, out and out.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • But even with the gun adding inches to his stature, he was not out-and-out vicious, merely impatient.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Sliding from his mouth, out and out and out, red and wet and glistening, it made a hideous sight, obscene.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • "There’s few out-and-out traitors, though there’s some, even your spider hasn’t found them all," Bywater had warned him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Shift schedules, fund allocations, project juggling, out-and-out looting of other projects …. he’d never pulled so many stunts in his life.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • For the space of the prospect and its clarity seemed to offer no impediment whatsoever, but to allow our lives to spread out and out beyond all bristling of roofs and chimneys to the flawless verge.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • I’ve never even done military service, am an out-and-out child of peace, and sometimes I’ve even thought that I might very easily have become a clergyman—as I’ve mentioned on various occasions, just ask my cousin.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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