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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
tout
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
ticket tout
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
business
▪ The competition was intense and the shop managers would actually stand in the street touting for business.
▪ They have even given up their company cars and now tout for business in the firm's delivery van.
▪ But a Eurotunnel spokeswoman dismissed the findings as' intended to allow hypnotherapists to tout for business.
▪ Some banks have begun touting for the business of processing for rivals.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Chef Foley was one of the first to tout Midwestern cuisine.
▪ Slick ads tout everything from beauty products to electronic gadgets.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ About the most obscure thing touted is the fountain in Fountain Hills.
▪ But it is not a core curriculum like that being touted by test-and-measure statehouse reformers.
▪ By spring, the re-election campaign will be ready to respond, touting Clinton with television spots in selected cities.
▪ Cooper had touted Aikman to Donahue when the player was in high school.
▪ Pippin was hyped as a games machine before the company wised up and starting touting it as an Internet device.
▪ Those touting mandatory uniforms point to the successes in Long Beach.
II.noun
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Touts were selling tickets to the match for £50 or more.
▪ Organisers of the concert were worried there would be trouble from ticket touts.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Persecuting the tout - and, if possible, prosecuting him as well - has become a sport in itself.
▪ Promoters have their reasons for pricing this way; having done so, they should see that touts provide a useful service.
▪ The Government has vowed to outlaw the sale by touts of tickets outside grounds on the day of matches.
▪ The outdoor proctor or tout sought business and acted as an agent for petition-drawers and proctors.
▪ Tonight, touts remove five times the original ticket cost from those who didn't make it to the box office.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
tout

Toot \Toot\, v. i. [OE. toten, AS. totian to project; hence, to peep out.] [Written also tout.]

  1. To stand out, or be prominent. [Obs.]
    --Howell.

  2. To peep; to look narrowly. [Obs.]
    --Latimer.

    For birds in bushes tooting.
    --Spenser.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
tout

1700, thieves' cant, "to act as a lookout, spy on," from Middle English tuten "to peep, peer," probably from a variant of Old English totian "to stick out, peep, peer," from Proto-Germanic *tut- "project" (cognates: Dutch tuit "sprout, snout," Middle Dutch tute "nipple, pap," Middle Low German tute "horn, funnel," Old Norse tota "teat, toe of a shoe"). The sense developed to "look out for jobs, votes, customers, etc., to try to get them" (1731), then "praise highly in an attempt to sell" (1920). Related: Touted; touting.

Wiktionary
tout

Etymology 2 n. 1 Someone advertise for customer in an aggressive way. 2 A person, at a racecourse, who offers supposedly inside information on which horse is likely to win. vb. 1 (label en transitive) To flaunt, to publicize/publicise; to boast or brag; to promote. 2 (context obsolete English) To look upon or watch. 3 (context UK slang horse-racing transitive English) To spy out information about (a horse, a racing stable, etc.). 4 (context US slang horse-racing transitive English) To give a tip on (a racehorse) to a person, with the expectation of sharing in any winnings. 5 (context UK slang horse-racing intransitive English) To spy out the movements of racehorses at their trials, or to get by stealth or other improper means the secrets of the stable, for betting purposes. 6 (context US slang horse-racing intransitive English) To act as a tout; to give a tip on a racehorse. Etymology 3

n. (context card games English) In the game of solo, a proposal to win all eight tricks.

WordNet
tout
  1. n. someone who buys tickets to an event in order to resell them at a profit [syn: ticket tout]

  2. someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way [syn: touter]

  3. one who sells advice about gambling or speculation (especially at the racetrack) [syn: tipster]

  4. v. advertize in strongly positive terms; "This product was touted as a revolutionary invention"

  5. show off [syn: boast, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, blow, bluster, vaunt, gasconade]

Wikipedia
Tout (company)

Tout is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and view 15-second videos, known as "touts". The service's core technology was created at SRI International by Michael Downing based on two patents owned by that company.

In April 2010, Tout spun off as its own company with SRI taking an equity stake. Tout gained popularity in June 2011 when basketball player Shaquille O'Neal used the service to announce his retirement. As of early 2012, Tout has had over 12 million visitors since its launch, and 75 million Touts have been created and shared by users of the service.

Tout (disambiguation)

In British English, a tout is any person who solicits business or employment in a persistent and annoying manner.

Tout may also refer to:

  • Tout (surname)
  • Tout (company), social networking and microblogging service
  • Tout Quarry, former quarry and sculpture park in Dorset, England
Tout (surname)

Tout is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Frederick Tout (1873–1950), Australian businessman and politician
  • Mark Tout (born 1961), English bobsledder
  • Thomas Frederick Tout (1855–1929), English historian
Tout

In British English, a tout is any person who solicits business or employment in a persistent and annoying manner (generally equivalent to a solicitor or barker in American English, or a spruiker in Australian English). According to the American Bar Association, touting occurs when a person advertises, promotes, or otherwise describes a security for sale without disclosing that the person is being paid to do so.

An example would be a person who frequents heavily touristed areas and presents himself as a tour guide (particularly towards those who do not speak the local language) but operates on behalf of local bars, restaurant, or hotels, being paid to direct tourists towards certain establishments.

Usage examples of "tout".

La seule avocasserie prend tout le grain et ne laisse que la paille aux autres professions scientifiques.

Il entra dans son salon le sourire aux levres, decide a se montrer bon prince et a ne pas abuser des avantages de sa position: malgre tout elle etait la mere de Corysandre.

Ne pourrions-nous donc pas avoir des domestiques comme tout le monde, une maison comme tout le monde, une existence comme tout le monde?

Les boulets comme la grele Passaient parmi nos vaisseaux, Brisant mats, cordages, voile, Et mettant tout en lambeaux.

Olympe Boudousquie tout court, ainsi que le prouve, ce certificat de bapteme, revetu, comme tu le vois, de toutes les signatures et de toutes les cachets qui peuvent affirmer son authenticite.

Non que tout soit regle dans le monde pour la conservation des etres, mais parce que les etres ne se conservent que dans des circonstances favorables.

Zanette, la prendre par la main devant tout le monde, lui donner la cocarde bleue.

En effet, le baron etait chez lui, et tout de suite il recut Barincq et Rebenacq.

En entendant ces paroles, le Dijonnais ouvrait une bouche et des yeux tout ronds.

It was a work of genius, touted by architects, engineers and fashionistas alike.

Il faut que ce soit, tout au moins, pour son miroir: la chose est grave.

Anie, repetait-elle son mot favori, celui qui pour elle resumait tout: --Decidement, il est tres convenable.

Venaient dresser un etalage Qui rendait plus beau le passage, Au grand bien de tout reposant, Et honneur dudit exposant, Qui, tous les jours dessus ses hanches, Excepte fetes et dimanches, Temps de vacances a tout trafic, Faisoit debiter au public Denree a produire doctrine Dans la substance cerebrine.

Je voudroy que pouvoy monstrer mon affection, mais je suis tant malhereuse, ci froid, ci layd, ci -- Je ne scay qui de dire -- excuse moi, Je suis tout vostre.

Numerous genuinely progressive and liberatory discourses have emerged throughout history among elite groups, and we have no intention here ofquestioning the vocation of such theorizing tout court.