spit out (third-person singular simple present spits out, present participle spitting out, simple past and past participle spat out or spit out)
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see spit, out.
- To say reluctantly (see also spit it out).
- To rap; to repeat verses passionately or intensely.
- To say scornfully.
- "You will die now!", he spat out.
2017 September 19, Gwilym Mumford, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle review – spy sequel reaches new heights of skyscraping silliness”, in the Guardian:
But, crucially, the visual wit that made the original feel so bracingly fresh is maintained, not to mention its fondness for turning the Savile Row air blue – if you’ve ever hoped to witness Elton John spitting out four-letter words like a Gatling gun, all while wearing a remarkable feathered suit, then this might be the gonzo spy caper for you.
- To eject.
- My computer won't read this DVD. It just keeps spitting it out.
- Spit as the past form is common only in the US, while spat is common everywhere.
- The object in all transitive senses can come before or after the particle. If it is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle.