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:
- Out of hand
- Out of print
- Out of step
- Out of breath
- Out of context
- Out of control
- Out of curiosity
- Out of line
- Out of luck
- Out of date
- Out of jealousy
- Out of play
- Out of work
- Out of action
- Out of bounds
- Out of doors
- Out of favour
- Out of hours
- Out of order
- Out of place
- Out of season
- Out of sight
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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.
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
- 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Out of date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- The fish you bought is out of date.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- Your passport is out of date.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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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?