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grow out of

Meaning: If you grow out of something, you become too big for it or too old for it.

Synonym: outgrow

For example:

  • grow out of When I was a kid we were so poor that I had to wear clothes that my older brothers had grown out of.

  • grow out of sth Our little boy Jamie has grown out of his thumb-sucking habit at last. He's just turned four so he's too old for that now.

Nouns often used as objects with
grow out of: pants, shirt, clothes, shoes, toys, hobby, bad habit, bad behaviour

Quick Quiz:

The clothes that Sarah has grown out of are
  1. too big for her now
  2. too small for her now
  3. too old for her now

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