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Numbers which occur in the body of a message must be spelled out in full.

Bunny spelled out the rest of the name, and also an address.

He spelled out, slowly and carefully, the name at the top: "H-a-b-a-k-k-u-k."

He spelled out a few words, but they were in a language which he did not know.

I agree with the doctor that Holgate's safety is only spelled out by our deaths.

The table, uninterrupted by any comment, spelled out the word, Beside.

Directly the alphabet was called for, and ‘Look’ spelled out.

By this method words may be spelled out in the telegraph code.

They should always be spelled out when preceded by a proper adjective.

It flew round like lightning, and spelled out the message, just as she said.

WORD ORIGIN

"name the letters of," Old English spellian "to tell, speak," infl. by Old French espeller "declare, spell," from Frankish *spellon "to tell;" both Old English and Frankish from Proto-Germanic *spellan (cf. Old High German spellon "to tell," Old Norse spjalla, Gothic spillon "to talk, tell"), from PIE *spel- "to say aloud, recite." Related: Spelled; spelling.

Meaning "write or say the letters of a word" is c.1400, from notion of "read letter by letter, read with difficulty" (c.1300). Spell out "explain step-by-step" is first recorded 1940, American English. Spelling bee is from 1878 (earlier simply spelling, 1860).

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