- Commerce. the break-even point.
- Chiefly British. a method or maneuver used to escape a difficult or embarrassing situation; cop-out: The scoundrel has used that get-out once too often.
- as all get-out, Informal. in the extreme; to the utmost degree: Once his mind is made up, he can be stubborn as all get-out.
to indicate a high degree of something, attested from 1838.
To the ultimate degree, as in She made him furious as all getout. The American writer Joseph C. Neal had it in his Character Sketches (1838): “We look as elegant and as beautiful as get out.” Today it always includes all. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]