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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STAY OUT

You stay out of politics, and everything will be comfortable.

How have we helped our boys and girls to stay out of bad company?

Where's the wonder he wanted to get out, meant to get out, meant to stay out—by heavens!

Black Rimmers had ought to stay Black Rimmers, or get out and stay out.

You must stay out your time here and then come to me, as you arranged.

We were warned we might have to stay out till late at night!

And if you don't want to get hurt, I'd advise you to stay out of this little quarrel.

I don't want you to stay out of school a single day, when it can be prevented.

"Then we'll probably have to stay out all night," remarked Leon.

If we have to stay out in the open all night we'll freeze to death.

WORD ORIGIN

"to remain," mid-15c., from Middle French estai-, stem of ester "to stay or stand," from Old French, from Latin stare "to stand" (cf. Italian stare, Spanish estar "to stand, to be"), from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Originally "come to a halt;" sense of "remain" is first recorded 1570s.

Noun senses of "appliance for stopping," "period of remaining in a place," and (judicial) "suspension of proceeding" all developed 1525-1550. Stay-at-home (adj.) is from 1806. Stay put is first recorded 1843, American English. "To stay put is to keep still, remain in order. A vulgar expression" [Bartlett]. Phrase stay the course is originally (1885) in reference to horses holding out till the end of a race.

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