1. An excursion, typically a pleasure trip.
2. A walk outdoors.
a. The public disclosure that someone who is assumed to be heterosexual is actually gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
b. The public disclosure of a person's secret or largely unknown activity or interest, especially when thought to be embarrassing or compromising.
4. An athletic competition or an appearance therein: The rookie pitcher threw a no-hitter in his first outing with the team.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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