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What does "go out" mean exactly?

Asked by the_overthinker (1253 points ) February 24th, 2012

I think I’ve been misusing a word… In slang, what does “go out” mean to you? especially used by young adults

I always just used it loosely, when I said “go out” I meant to just go hang out, or leave the house. For example “Go out with friends”; if that was said by me last week, that probably means that I’m going to go hang out with some friends and spend some time with them. Apparently I’m wrong?

I think I’ll stop using this term so loosely.. But I want to hear what you jellies think.

I noticed that a lot of people use “go out” to indicate going out at night and drinking, or clubbing, or going to pubs.

I’ve been over thinking this.. and thinking of all the times that people have used this phrase, or when I have used it.. perhaps improperly..

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16 Answers

gailcalled's avatar

Mom to teen-aged boy; “Where are you going?”

T/A boy; “Out.”

It;s that enormous but vague place that is the opposite of in, as in “I’m staying in this evening and washing my hair.”

ucme's avatar

Around these here parts england town it means going out for the evening, maybe for a meal or a sociable drink with friends.
Any other time we just say, “I’m off out” or “I’m popping out”

the_overthinker's avatar

In small talk, when someone asks what the other person did, and one replies saying “i went out everyday!”. What do you think? Did they just leave the house everyday, perhaps running errands, or did they go out every night to clubs/pubs/parties?

marinelife's avatar

I think it can mean both. It is kind of a vague phrase.

Stinley's avatar

‘I’m going out with Tom/Barbara’ = s/he is my boy/girlfriend

Aethelflaed's avatar

You’d have to ask the specific person. It’s a purposefully vague term.

Sunny2's avatar

Like so many American English words, phrases etc, it has multiple meanings and you have to interpret the situation to know what is meant.
Go out: to exit the roo ;
to go on a date of any kind, as little as a walk in the park or as much as a formal occasion, with dinner, drinks, dancing;
to stop working as, a light bulb may go out.
You have to know more. So, if asked to go out, the answer may be, “What do you have in mind?”

the_overthinker's avatar

Okay, thanks all! I’m glad that I may not have used the term improperly. Seems most of the time to young adults it means to go out for drinks, dancing.. etc. I used it for both. Perhaps I’ll just use the term “hang out” when I don’t “go out” at night.

downtide's avatar

Mostly I use it to mean going anywhere that isn’t staying at home.

But in the UK, “going out with” is also synonymous with “dating”, so you have to be careful.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

It’s a pretty vague phrase.

“I’m going out with some friends tonight.”
“I’m going out clubbing tonight.”
“I’m going out with Bob now.” (as in going “steady” or dating)

the_overthinker's avatar

Go out –
a. To go outdoors; leave one’s residence: He went out at seven.
b. To take part in social life outside the home: goes out a lot.

Well, I like those definitions that I found as well.. to answer my own question.. hehe

ragingloli's avatar

It means dying.

pshizzle's avatar

Going on a date.

SpatzieLover's avatar

The opposite of “staying in”.

saint's avatar

Something other than staying home

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