Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POPPING OUT

The fellow, popping out his head, said, "Shall it be we then?"

Cork tightly, and wire the cork, so as to prevent its popping out.

Hannah was rolling her hands in her apron and her eyes were popping out of her head.

"Jane," replied madame, popping out an unflinching story in her alarm.

The sweat was popping out on his forehead, and he stood dumb, tapping the little package with the ends of his fingers.

Bundling him up in his coverlet, his mother carried him away and tucked him up with no fear of his popping out again.

"Right away, Will," Betty promised, popping out of bed and into her slippers all at once.

"You'll be popping out that air-lock sooner than I'd hoped," said Pink to the giant.

And those three kids, popping out like that—proof that the whole thing was not a rather bad dream!

As he did this his turban came off and kissed his nose, and his watch, popping out of his pocket, swung to and fro in the air.

WORD ORIGIN

"a hit with an explosive sound," c.1400, of imitative origin. Meaning "flavored carbonated beverage" is from 1812.

Sense of "ice cream on a stick" is from 1923 (see popsicle). Meaning "the (brief) time of a 'pop'" is from 1530s. Pop goes the weasel, a country dance, was popular 1850s in school yards, with organ grinders, at court balls, etc.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.