see something out

see something out
To watch an activity develop to a conclusion.

He came to a dead stop, a yard from our step, and, leaning up against the railings, and selecting a straw to chew, fixed us with his eye. He evidently meant to see this thing out.

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  • see something out — Brit. come to the end of a period of time or undertaking I could well see out my career in Italy * * * ˌsee sthˈout derived (not used in the progressive tenses) (BrE) to reach the end or last until the end of sth • They had enough fuel to see the …   Useful english dictionary

  • see something out of the corner of your eye — see sth out of the corner of your ˈeye idiom to see sth by accident or not very clearly because you see it from the side of your eye and are not looking straight at it • Out of the corner of her eye, she saw him coming closer. Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • see something out — come to the end of a period of time or undertaking. → see …   English new terms dictionary

  • see someone/something out of the corner of one's eye — see someone/something out of (or from) the corner of one s eye see someone or something at the edge of one s field of vision …   Useful english dictionary

  • figure something out — (informal) he tried to figure out how to switch on the lamp: WORK OUT, fathom, puzzle out, decipher, ascertain, make sense of, think through, get to the bottom of; understand, c …   Useful english dictionary

  • draw something out — draw (something) out 1. to make something last longer than is usual or necessary. I can t see any reason to draw the investigation out any longer. She paused to draw out the suspense. 2. to completely explain something. Historians have to draw… …   New idioms dictionary

  • shell something out — (informal).See pay verb sense 2. → shell * * * shell something out (or shell out) informal pay a specified amount of money, esp. an amount that is resented as being excessive it doesn t make sense to shell out $8.50 for an elevator ride …   Useful english dictionary

  • pick something out — 1 one painting was picked out for special mention: CHOOSE, select, pick, single out, opt for, plump for, decide on, elect, settle on, fix on, sift out, sort out; …   Useful english dictionary

  • see something through — PERSEVERE WITH, persist with, continue (with), carry on with, keep at, follow through, stay with; informal stick at, stick it out, hang in there. → see * * * persist with an undertaking until it is completed * * * ˌsee sth ˈthrough derived (not… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fill something out — See fill something in …   Thesaurus of popular words

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