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pan out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pan out wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals
    • v pan out be a success "The idea panned out"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pan out to yield or afford, to result
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Out of the frying pan, into the fire - If you get out of one problem, but find yourself in a worse situation, you are out of the frying pan, into the fire.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. panne—prob. through the Celt., from Low L. panna—L. patina, a basin.


In literature:

Onct a man or a horse gits stove up I don't reckon either one pans out much pay dust any more.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
She dropped the pan and ran out from the trees.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
It resembled a huge cooking-net which had been lifted out of a gigantic pan.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Won't you wait and see how it pans out?
"The Cave of Gold" by Everett McNeil
But it didn't pan out, Ba'tiste.
"The White Desert" by Courtney Ryley Cooper
Then Daddy Brown told how the valuable green and gold paper had been thrown out of the Pullman car by the porter in his pan filled with dust.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South" by Laura Lee Hope
Just grease a pan for this dope and I'll pour it out to cool.
"Tabitha's Vacation" by Ruth Alberta Brown
I headquartered there for several months and panned out some dust.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
It was a sort of 'Blind Hookey,' but seemed to pan out all right in the end.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
The silver mine is panning out big and she will be a very rich girl by the time she comes of age.
"Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers" by Jessie Graham Flower
If this fellow panned out as he promised, he was a rare specimen.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
If this fellow panned out as he promised, he was a rare specimen.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
Then we'd boil him with red pepper, and take him out and put him in a pan and slice sweet 'taters and put round him and roast him.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
"Charge!" by George Manville Fenn
In about five or six minutes we again opened it, and drawing out the pan, we saw the cakes well cooked, and the pan unbroken.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
I had been ordered to assist in cleaning his pots and pans, and sweeping out the caboose.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
They piled on and went out of Camden blowing horns, ringing bells, beating tin pans and howling derision.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
That flashlight business is going to pan out just great, I can see.
"Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys" by Silas K. Boone
Then they develop a squint, melt, and finally run out of the frying-pan into the fire, thus Balaam.
"The Chocolate Soldier" by C. T. Studd

In poetry:

WHEN rose the cry "Great Pan is dead!"
And Jove's high palace closed its portal,
The fallen gods, before they fled,
Sold out their frippery to a mortal.
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There were the god pursues the flying maid,
Where springs the reed of Pan from out the mire,
The Life eternal hath its furrows laid,
And wakens the All-Father's mystic choir.
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
Pan came out of the woods one day,—
His skin and his hair and his eyes were gray,
The gray of the moss of walls were they,—
And stood in the sun and looked his fill
At wooded valley and wooded hill.
"Pan With Us" by Robert Frost
Dear Pan! 'Tis he that calls me out;
He, lying in some hazel copse,
Where lazily he turns about
And munches each nut as it drops,
Well pleased to see me swamped in doubt
At sound of his much-changing stops.
""If I Could Glimpse Him"" by John Charles McNeill
He tore out a reed, the great god Pan,
From the deep cool bed of the river:
The limpid water turbidly ran,
And the broken lilies a-dying lay,
And the dragon-fly had fled away,
Ere he brought it out of the river.
"A Musical Instrument" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Yet half a beast is the great god Pan,
To laugh as he sits by the river,
Making a poet out of a man:
The true gods sigh for the cost and pain, —
For the reed which grows nevermore again
As a reed with the reeds in the river.
"A Musical Instrument" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

In news:

Prospects don't always pan out .
Tip doesn't pan out for GBI in cold case of missing Twiggs County girl.
A recent tip did not pan out for the GBI related to the 1999 disappearance of an 11-year-old Twiggs County girl.
Chris Williams 'never panned out '.
Pacing Packers players panning out nicely for McCarthy.
Gold Hill Mesa retail strategy panning out.
Two cops, two drug dealers, and a botched robbery – the new pan-European thriller "Sleepless Night" peels out at breakneck speed.
Peter Pan plays to sell-out crowds.
Petra Kvitova crashes out of Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Since I was as curious about Vagabond and One Pot as I was confused over their origins, I decided to wait a while to see how things panned out.
Several students walked out of class on Thursday morning to rally against potential budget cuts at the University of Texas Pan American.
Spray a 13x9x2- inch baking pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper so that the parchment sticks out further than the pan.
The album is a Top 5 smash in countries from Sweden to Spain, and beats out both Duffy and Pink in the pan-Euro chart.
April will pan out about 3 degrees above normal.
After high school, Jason Letkiewicz pursued music with the Marysville, Michigan punk-pop band Every Avenue, but planned, if it wasn't panning out, to go to college.

In science:

Building upon the previous MegaCam survey, we have initiated the Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey (PAndAS), a Large Program using the CFHT MegaCam imager to map the entire stellar halo of M31 and M33 out to distances of ∼ 150 and ∼ 50 kpc respectively.
PAndAS' cubs: discovery of two new dwarf galaxies in the surroundings of the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies