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    limited to, out

    I read this sentence in American Idol recap:

    I mean, Simon even did an air rimshot after one of Carrey’s on-air jokes, a move I thought was limited to American parents out to embarrass their kids.
    On the Scene: 'Idol' Top 12 results show | PopWatch Blog |

    Does "limited to" here mean to make sth exist or happen only in a particular place or within a particular group?
    That means it is just American parents use such a way to embarrass their kids?
    Also, why "out" is used here?

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    Re: limited to, out

    #1 In this context - to a limited group [American parents...]

    #2 "out to do something" - aiming to do something/intending to do something.

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