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    A Kennedy outs a Bush who favors a Clinton

    Does "out" here mean "reject"?

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    A Kennedy outs a Bush who favors a Clinton

    Former President George H.W. Bush is bucking his party's presidential nominee and plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a member of another famous political family, the Kennedys.
    Bush, 92, had intended to stay silent on the White House race between Clinton and Donald Trump, a sign in and of itself of his distaste for the GOP nominee. But his preference for the wife of his own successor, President Bill Clinton, nonetheless became known to a wider audience thanks to Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, the former Maryland lieutenant governor and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
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    Re: A Kennedy outs a Bush who favors a Clinton

    If you "out" someone, you reveal something about them which was previously hidden or a secret.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A Kennedy outs a Bush who favors a Clinton

    Careful not to confuse it with "oust"; to expel or remove from a place or position.

    That is also rather common in political observations.

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    Re: A Kennedy outs a Bush who favors a Clinton

    Outing was used for exposing someone as gay, usually for pretending not to be and making political decisions against gay rights. Here it is used because of a senior Republican's decision to vote for a candidate for the Democratic Party candidate- it's making something secret public.

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    Gays were said to be "in the closet" that is, keeping it a secret. "Coming out of the closet" was the expression for when a gay person announced to the world that they were, in fact, gay.

    "Outing" someone is to force them to come "out of the closet."

    As Tdol said, the use of "outing" has expanded to mean other deep, dark secrets being exposed.

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    Re: A Kennedy outs a Bush who favors a Clinton

    The "coming out of the closet" is undoubtedly the most common usage these days, however, I believe it holds for any (big) secret brought out into the open. A democrat who secretly supports republicans. A progressive liberal who supports Trump.

    As always, GoodTaste, context tells the story.

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    And I presume that having skeletons in the closet predated coming out of the closet.

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    Re: A Kennedy outs a Bush who favors a Clinton

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    As always, GoodTaste, context tells the story.
    And is in charge of meaning.

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