From point and out. Instead of pointing to a particular thing, the term implies pointing to one particular thing out of several similar things, or to a thing in a scene where it might not be readily seen.
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point out (third-person singular simple present points out, present participle pointing out, simple past and past participle pointed out)
- (transitive, idiomatic) To identify among a group of similar subjects, or in a scene where the subject might not be readily seen or noticed, with a gesture of the body.
- He pointed out the little brown bird in the tree.
- She pointed out the two drummers in the class.
- (figuratively, idiomatic) To tell, remind, indicate.
- I would just like to point out that we need to finish our meeting by 9 o'clock.
- 1962 May, G. Freeman Allen, “Traffic control on the Great Northern Line”, in Modern Railways, page 343:
- As a Hitchin signalman once pointed out to me, when a regulating quandary arises concerning a fast-moving Class A train there is no time to consult Control and get their answer before the express is on one's doorstep.
identify with a bodily gesture
tell, remind, indicate to someone
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