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out (2)

Meaning: to be openly gay

For example:

  • Clive is one of the few gay sportsmen with the courage to be out. Most still try to keep their sexuality a secret.

  • When I was seventeen, I told my family I was gay and I'm glad I came out when I did.

Origin: short for "out of the closet", an idiom which means to be openly gay

Quick Quiz:

When Pauline was teaching, she knew she couldn't be out while working at the school. She couldn't
  1. go out on the town
  2. take drugs or drink alcohol
  3. let anyone know she was gay

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