22 Prepositional Phrases with OUT

Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at 22 prepositional phrases with “out”.

Here is the list:

  1. Out of hand
  2. Out of print
  3. Out of step
  4. Out of breath
  5. Out of context
  6. Out of control
  7. Out of curiosity
  8. Out of line
  9. Out of luck
  10. Out of date
  11. Out of jealousy
  12. Out of play
  13. Out of work
  14. Out of action
  15. Out of bounds
  16. Out of doors
  17. Out of favour
  18. Out of hours
  19. Out of order
  20. Out of place
  21. Out of season
  22. Out of sight
Prepositional phrases with OUT
Prepositional phrases with OUT

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Out of hand

Meaning: a situation which is difficult to control.

  • Things got out of hand, so they had to call the police.

Out of print

Meaning: a book or other publication which is no longer published.

  • Jill couldn’t find the dictionary because it was out of print.

Out of step

Meaning: to not move or agree at the same rate as others.

  • I’m a very bad dancer – usually out of step with my partner.
  • The criminal was often out of step with society.

Out of breath

Meaning: breathing with difficulty, usually after exercising or running.

  • You’re out of breath. Have you been running?

Out of context

Meaning: a statement in which what is said is reported incorrectly so that it means something else than it originally does. 

  • The politician accused the journalist of quoting him out of context.

Out of control

Meaning: no longer controllable.

  • The car got out of control and crashed into a tree.
Prepositional phrases with OUT
Prepositional phrases with OUT

Out of curiosity

Meaning: when you are interested in knowing something.

  • She opened her husband’s letter out of curiosity.

Out of line

Meaning: when you act the way people don’t approve.

  • Your remark was out of line. You should mind your words.

Out of luck

Meaning: unlucky.

  • The football team was out of luck; they lost the match.

Out of date

Meaning: no longer fresh or valid.

  • The fish you bought is out of date. I’m not eating it!
  • Your passport is out of date.

Out of jealousy

Meaning: to do something driven by jealousy.

  • Sandra broke the vase out of jealousy.

Out of play

Meaning: when the ball in a game goes over the line.

  • The football player kicked the ball out of play.

Out of work

Meaning: unemployed.

  • Greg has been out of work for six months.

Out of action

Meaning: not being able to do your job or other usual activities.

  • Monica broke her leg, so she was out of action for a few weeks.
Prepositional phrases with OUT
Prepositional phrases with OUT

Out of bounds

Meaning: if a place is out of bounds, then you are not allowed to go there.

  • The area was out of bounds to pedestrians. 

Out of doors

Meaning: outside.

  • Our family loves eating out of doors when the weather is nice.

Out of favour

Meaning: if something is out of favour, it is no longer popular or in fashion.

  • The boy fell out of favour with his classmates because he was a thief.

Out of hours

Meaning: during the period when a place such as an office is closed.

  • Nowadays you can contact any office via the Internet out of hours.

Out of order

Meaning: a piece of equipment which does not work properly.

  • You can’t use the phone because it’s out of order.

Out of place

Meaning: to feel uncomfortable in a particular situation.

  • Mark’s criticism made Paula feel out of place.

Out of season

Meaning: a time of the year when a place is not popular with tourists.

  • I love going to Spain out of season. It’s much quieter then.

Out of sight

Meaning: a place you can not see from your location; not visible.

  • As soon as she was out of sight, Mira began to run.
Prepositional phrases with OUT
Prepositional phrases with OUT

Check out prepositional phrases with WORK on this link.

In order to learn the new vocabulary you need to use it. In that sense, try to answer the following questions using the prepositional phrases you have learned today:

Have you ever travelled to another country out of curiosity?

Do you get out of breath when running?

Have you ever done something out of jealousy?

What was the longest you were out of work?

Have you ever been out of action? If yes, say why and what happened.

When do you most enjoy being out of doors?

Have you ever fallen out of favour with your friends? If yes, explain why.

What things make you feel out of place?

Prepositional phrases with OUT

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1 Comment

Thoa Pham · 18 Aug 2023 at 1:52 pm

Great. Thanks.

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