* 3 about
1 : moving from place to place; specifically : being out of bed
* 1 out
1 d: away from home or work out to lunch
1. Moving here and there; astir: The patient is up and about.
3. a. Away from a usual place: stepped out for a drink of water; went out for the evening.
* idiom ,out and a'bout (BrE)
1 able to go outside again after an illness
2 travelling around a place: We’ve been out and about talking to people all over the country.
2 ~ (of sth) (of people) away from or not at home or their place of work: I called Liz but she was out. * Let’s go out this evening (= for example to a restaurant or club). * We haven’t had a night out for weeks. * Mr Green is out of town this week.
11 out of bed: I stayed up late (= did not go to bed until late) last night. * (BrE) He’s up and about again after his illness.
* out and about
active; doing the things you usually do
The doctor says she's making a good recovery and she should be out and about in a few days' time.
* out adverb preposition (ABSENT)
• absent for a short time from the place where you live or work
I came round to see you this morning, but you were out.
Someone phoned for you while you were out.
• used to refer to a period of time when someone goes away from home for a social activity
I can't go out tonight - I've got work to do.
Do you want to eat out (= eat in a restaurant) tonight?
He's asked me out (= asked me to go with him) to the cinema next week.
• when someone is away from the main office in order to do a particular job
The thieves were spotted by a postman out on his rounds (= as he was delivering the post).
The police were out in force (= There were a lot of police) at the football match.
• In a library, if a book is out, it has been borrowed by someone
Both copies of 'Wuthering Heights' were out.
* up and about/around
to be able to get out of bed and move around again after a period of illness, because your health has improved enough
* out and about: active outside the house, especially after an illness.
* out adverb
2 not in one's home or place of work • I called but you were out.
* about prep
6 on the move; in action • be up and about again after an illness.
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