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open out

This page is about the phrasal verb open out.

Meaning: to unfold and spread a folded map or newspaper in order to read it

Synonym: spread out, unfold

For example:

  • open out sth I had trouble opening out the map while I was driving. It kept flapping around in the breeze.

  • open sth out I'd just bought a newspaper, and I was trying to open it out on a crowded train when I accidentally poked a woman in the eye.

Quick Quiz:

We wanted to go to the movies, so to check the cinema listings we opened out the entertainment section of

a. the website

b. the telephone book

c. the newspaper

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