max out (to)

 Reach the limit.
 ► “Riskier applicants include not only those who had payback problems in the past but also those who tended to ‘max out’ on their available credit.” (Wall Street Journal, March 15, 1996, p. A1)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • max out — verb reach a maximum I maxed out on all my credit cards • Hypernyms: ↑reach, ↑hit, ↑attain • Verb Frames: Something s Somebody s * * * max out [phrasal verb] …   Useful english dictionary

  • max out — UK US max out Phrasal Verb with max({{}}/mæks/ verb INFORMAL ► [T] to spend or use the largest amount that is allowed, so you cannot spend or use any more: »When they max out their credit cards, they go to money lenders. »The general rule is to… …   Financial and business terms

  • max out — phrasal verb Word forms max out : present tense I/you/we/they max out he/she/it maxes out present participle maxing out past tense maxed out past participle maxed out American informal 1) [transitive] to reach the limit of something, or to use… …   English dictionary

  • max out — max (yourself) out to reach a limit. By Christmas our credit cards were maxed out. This great athlete hasn t maxed herself out yet. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of maximum (= the greatest amount possible) …   New idioms dictionary

  • max out — verb Date: 1967 intransitive verb to reach an upper limit or a peak < the car maxed out at 85 mph > transitive verb to push to a limit or an extreme; also to use up all available credit on < maxed out the credit cards > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • max out — in. to reach one’s maximum in something, such as weight in weight lifting or credit on a credit card. □ Andy finally maxed out at 300 pounds. □ Randy just knew when he had maxed out. Something in his body told him to stop …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • max out — verb a) To reach the limit of ones capabilities. Ive spent all afternoon shopping and maxed out my credit card. b) To reach a maximum or a point at which no more growth or improvement is possible …   Wiktionary

  • max out — adj To go to the limit. I am maxed out at my work and need to rest. 1980s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • max out — v. use up completely. She maxed out her credit cards shopping last weekend …   English slang

  • Max out — cease surfing when the waves are too big to ride …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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