empty out

This page is about the phrasal verb empty out.

Meaning: to remove everything from inside something

For example:

  • empty out sth The cops stopped the boys and told them to empty out their pockets.

  • empty sth out I knew I'd been promoted when the boss smiled and told me to empty my old desk out and take everything to the office next to his.

  • empty sth out of sth After emptying the rubbish out of the bin, I washed it inside and out.

Nouns often used as objects with empty out: pockets, purse, bag, suitcase, bin, container, desk, drawer, cupboard, boot (of the car)

Quick Quiz:

The customs officer at the airport told me to empty out

a. my backpack

b. my ticket

c. my credit cards

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Contributor: Matt Errey