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teachersalah
Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2018 7:48:56 PM
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I have just read in the dan brown's book the following :
After all, a band of pro' fessional musicians had to be paid for their time, and studio ... detailing the countless missteps and outright howlers he had committed.
what is the meaning of the word in bold please?
Gabriel82
Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2018 9:44:17 PM

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teachersalah wrote:
I have just read in the dan brown's book the following :
After all, a band of pro' fessional musicians had to be paid for their time, and studio ... detailing the countless missteps and outright howlers he had committed.
what is the meaning of the word in bold please?


from The Free Dictionary site itself:

These were the obvious things the person did wrong, that were not hidden.

out·right (out′rīt′, -rīt′)
adv.
1. Without reservation or qualification; openly: finally responded outright to the question.
2. Completely and entirely; wholly: denied the charges outright.
3. At once; straightway: were killed outright in the crash.
4. Without additional payments owing, constraints, or stipulations: owns the property outright.
adj. (out′rīt′)
1. Presented without reservation; unqualified: an outright gift.
2.
a. Complete; total: outright victory.
b. Thoroughgoing; out-and-out: outright viciousness; an outright coward.
3. Made without constraints, stipulations, or additional payments owed: outright sale of the property.
out′right′ly adv.
out′right′ness n.
ChrisKC
Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2018 10:02:30 PM

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teachersalah wrote:
I have just read in the dan brown's book the following :
After all, a band of pro' fessional musicians had to be paid for their time, and studio ... detailing the countless missteps and outright howlers he had committed.
what is the meaning of the word in bold please?


In the context of this sentence, the word "outright" is absolute, definite, 100% indisputable mistakes arising from bad judgments.
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