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    It's not madness to mix horse racing and music - Horse Racing - Telegraph
    The risks are the weather and you need to book a band nine months out.
    Does it mean when nine months are out (at the end of nine months), one would need to book a band?

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    Default Re: Book Months Out

    No.

    It means you need to book a band nine months in advance.

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    Default Re: Book Months Out

    I couldn't find an entry in many dictionaries relating to this use of "out". Could my example be slangy?

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    Default Re: Book Months Out

    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyA View Post
    I couldn't find an entry in many dictionaries relating to this use of "out". Could my example be slangy?
    I haven't come across "out" used like that in BrE before.

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    Default Re: Book Months Out

    Does this mean "book something X months out" is informal/nonstandard English?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyA View Post
    Does this mean "book something X months out" is informal/nonstandard English?
    Not necessarily. Bhaisahab and (by implication) Rover, have not come across this in BrE; neither have I. This suggests that it is not standard/common usage in British English - that's all. Please try not to read too much into what people say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Not necessarily. Bhaisahab and (by implication) Rover, have not come across this in BrE; neither have I. This suggests that it is not standard/common usage in British English - that's all. Please try not to read too much into what people say.
    This means the original example IS nonstandard/noncommon British English.

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    Default Re: Book Months Out

    For many of us there is a subtle difference between 'not standard usage' and 'non-standard usage', and a bigger difference between 'not common' and 'uncommon'. You seem determined to read into our words what you want to read.

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    "book something X months out" could be an Americanism....

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    Default Re: Book Months Out

    "He fell out the window." = "He fell through the window."

    From that, "out" = "through". Then "book something X months out." could mean "book something through X months."

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