de·bouch (dĭ-bouch, -bsh)
v. de·bouched, de·bouch·ing, de·bouch·es
1. To march from a narrow or confined area into the open.
2. To emerge; issue: "His companions still lay in the bed of the ravine, through which the smaller stream debouched" (James Fenimore Cooper).
To cause to emerge or issue.
[French déboucher : dé-, out of (from Old French des-; see DE-) + bouche, mouth (from Latin bucca, cheek, mouth).]
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