"Out" as a verb

James A. Landau <JJJRLandau@netscape.com> JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Sat Oct 15 18:39:44 UTC 2011

On Sat, 15 Oct 2011 02:29:35  "Baker, John" <JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM> posted:

    The following story appears, via the Access Newspaper Archive, in the D=
emocratic Standard, Janesville, Wisconsin (Mar. 14, 1855), p. 4; the Sauk C=
ounty Standard, Baraboo, Wisconsin (Mar. 14, 1855), p. 1; The Agitator, Wel=
lsboro, Pennsylvania (Mar. 29, 1855), p. 1; and the Newport Daily News, New=
port, Rhode Island (June 19, 1855), p. 2.

<big snip>

C-------- promised never to "blow" on his judicial friend and kept his word, until he learned the Judge was compelled to tell it himself, for unfortunately he carried the big shirt home and Mrs. A-------- made some inquiries.  He had to out with it; and it being told by the Judge himself, Mr. C-------- felt at liberty to tell it also: which he does somtimes to the infinite merriment of all who hear him."

John  Baker

Is this an antedating for the use of "out" as a verb?

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