Shell out – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

To shell out (or shell something out) is to spend a lot of money on something, especially when it is something you don’t want to spend money on, or something you think is too expensive.

Informal British English

Examples of use:

1. We missed our flight and had to shell out £200 on new tickets.

2. I’m fed up with shelling out money for your designer shoes.

3. We have to shell out $100 each for tickets to the office Christmas dinner.

4. He shelled out over £10,000 on a new car, and the next day it broke down.

infinitive shell out
present simple shell out and shells out
-ing form shelling out
past simple shelled out
past participle shelled out

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