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COLLOCATIONS and EXPRESSIONS with 'OUT'


Collocations are combinations of two or more words that usually go together and are commonly used by native English speakers.
Here are some collocations and expressions with 'beyond'.

OUT ... Examples of use
Out and about
regularly go out and be active
“My mother was ill for a while but she's out and about again.”
Out of the blue
Very unexpectedly
“I had almost given up hope when out of the blue I was offered a job!”
Out of character
Unlike someone’s usual behaviour
“The way she panicked was out of character for her.”
Out of circulation
Unavailable
“I'm going to do a summer course so I'll be out of circulation for a while.“
Out of your depth
Be unable to understand or deal with something
“The level was so high that I felt out of my depth.“
Out of earshot
Too far away to hear or be heard
“They waited until Tess was out of earshot before discussing her surprise birthday party.”
Out of harm's way
In a safe place where it won't be damaged
“You'd better put that glass bowl out of harm's way.”
Out like a light
Be so tired as to fall asleep very quickly
“As soon as he went to bed he was out like a light.
Out on a limb
Do something risky or unsupported
“Jack was out on a limb with his proposal - nobody supported his idea.”
Out to lunch
Unaware of what's going on
“He's hopeless as a leader - considered as 'out to lunch' by the group.”
Out of the picture
Be eliminated in a contest or tournament
"We were beaten in the semi-finals, so that's us out of the picture!”
Out of your own pocket
Pay with your own money
“Breakfast is included but you must pay for lunch out of your own pocket.”
Out of the question
Impossible so not worth discussing
“Buying a new car is out of the question - we simply can't afford it.”
Out of sight, out of mind
Seen so unfrequently that you forget about them
“Since I moved, my old friends seem to have forgotten me – out of sight, out of mind!”
Out of sorts
Upset and irritable
“The baby is out of sorts today. Perhaps he's cutting a tooth.”
Out of sync
Not coordinated
“The traffic lights are out of sync and causing a lot of confusion.”
Out of touch
No longer communicate with someone
“I've been out of touch with Caroline since we left college.”
Out of this world
Extremely good or impressive
“The hotel was very comfortable and the food was out of this world.”