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spell out

Meaning: If you spell something out, you explain it slowly and very clearly so that everyone can understand.

For example:

  • spell out sth The government needs to spell out its policies so that everyone can understand what it's doing.

  • spell sth out Every time I need them to do something, I have to really spell it out or they'll do it wrong.

Quick Quiz:

If you want her to understand, you'll have to spell it out because she's
  1. not good at reading
  2. not good at spelling
  3. not good at listening

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