Audio (AU) (file)
- (informal, transitive, intransitive) To pay money, to disburse; especially, to pay a great deal of money.
- Synonyms: cough up, fork out, fork over
- Do you think we should shell out for the extra options package?
- 2016 October 24, Owen Gibson, “Is the unthinkable happening – are people finally switching the football off?”, in The Guardian, London:
- BT shelled out almost £1bn for the Champions League over the same period, while the FA has just brought in around £820m over six seasons for the international rights to the FA Cup alone.
- 2023 June 14, Mel Holley, “Network News: One year on: rail strikes still at a stalemate”, in RAIL, number 985, pages 10–11:
- "While their rhetoric continues, this is merely a diversion to the very real financial challenge the industry is facing, with taxpayers still shelling out up to an extra £175 million a month to keep trains running by making up the 20% shortfall in revenue post-COVID.
- (computing, especially Unix) To use a program's "shell escape" function to execute an unrelated command or to invoke a subsidiary, interactive shell.
- (obsolete) A game played on a billiard table, a variation of pool.
- 1875, George Worsley, Advice to the Young!, page 32:
- I have more than once had to lend a commercial money to pay his fare home; as he had played shell-out and lost the lot.
- (the game): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary
- Jonathon Green (2023), “shell out v.”, in Green's Dictionary of Slang