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Phrasal Verbs

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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