4. clash, argument, controversy, combat, contention, disagreement, discord; altercation, dispute, row, quarrel, squabble, dustup, spat, tiff, Brit. Dial, fratch; encounter, meeting, engagement, embroilment, confrontation, showdown, duel, contest; fight, gunfight, battle, struggle, strife, conflict; tussle, bout, Scot. sturt, Inf. scrap, Inf. run-in, Inf. set-to, brush; skirmish, action, fray, affray; brawl, donnybrook, free-for-all, melee, hand-to-hand fight; fracas, uproar, tumult, turbulence, excitement, perturbation, agitation, unrest, turmoil, disquiet, confusion, jumble, imbroglio; stir, fuss, commotion, Inf. ruckus, Inf. rumpus, hubbub, noise, racket, clatter.
outburst, n. 1. outbreak, eruption, burst, flare-up; fit, tantrum, convulsion, spasm, seizure, attack, paroxysm; explosion, blow-up, blast, discharge, detonation, fulmination, bang, boom; dissilience, dis-siliency, bursting or flying apart, splitting open, rupture; earthquake, quake, tremor, Chiefly U.S. temblor, upheaval, Phys. Geog. cataclysm.
2. outpouring, outpour, effusion, volley, barrage, battery, gush, stream, rush; outflow, outflowing, effluence, efflux, outflux; outwell, outstream, outgush, outrush, overflow.
3. burst, spurt, spree, Sl. tear.
outcast, n. 1. pariah, castaway, Ishmael, unperson, nonperson; exile, expatriate, political refugee; fugitive, runaway, outlaw; excommunicate; waif, stray, foundling; untouchable, leper, rejectee; evictee, expellee, evacuee.
2. wanderer, vagabond, rover, itinerant, nomad, bird of passage, knight-of-the-road; beachcomber, vagrant, hobo, tramp; beggar, panhandler, scavenger; derelict, down-and-outer, U.S. Inf bum.
-adj. 3. abandoned, forsaken, forlorn, deserted, neglected, shunned, scorned; hopeless, wretched, friendless; ostracized, blackballed, blacklisted.
4. ousted, expelled, ejected, driven out or forth; deported, transported, expatriated, exiled, banished; disowned, disinherited, disenfranchised, excommunicated.
5. rejected, discarded, thrown out or away, unwanted, sloughed off.
outclass, v. exceed, outreach, excel, surpass, overtop, go beyond, outsoar, transcend; outrank, outrate, come first, be superior to, take precedence over, override, overrule; outweigh, overweigh, outbalance, tip the scales, preponderate; be a cut above, be head and shoulders above, outmatch, overmatch, outrival; outdo, outplay, Inf run rings or circles around, Inf. do [s.o.] one better, one-up, get the better of, top, cap, trump, beat, win over or win out over, prevail over, overcome, defeat. See - outdo (defs. 1, 2).
outcome, n. consequence, sequel, result, end, end result, upshot, Inf. payoff; effect, issue, product, crop, yield, harvest, fruit, flower, blossom; offshoot, development, outgrowth; aftereffect, aftermath, wake.
outcry, n. 1. exclamation, ejaculation, outburst, burst, blurt; cry, call, shout, yell, bay, bray, bellow, howl, yelp, yap; cheer, hurrah, huzzah, whoop, Inf. holler, Inf. whoop and holler; scream, screech, squeal; war cry, war whoop, battle cry, rallying cry; hunting cry, Chiefly Brit, tallyho, Fox Hunting, huic, Fox Hunting, Rare, yoicks.
2. lament, plaint, moan, groan, sob, wail, wail of woe; keen, bawl, ululation; gibe, scoff, jeer, hoot, boo, catcall, Sl. raspberry, Sl. Bronx cheer.
3. clamor, racket, din, noise, clangor, clap, clatter, rattle, jangle; hue and cry, vociferation, flap, uproar, hullaballoo, hubbub, ballyhoo.
4. auction, auction sale, public auction, vendue.
-v. 5. vociferate, cry out, call out, yell out, bellow out, shout out, sing out, Inf holler out; cry aloud, shout or cry at the top of one's lungs or voice, rend the air, awake the dead.
My Account / Test History
Most children in England and Wales follow this route in the state system (= free education).
• You go to school (as a pupil to study) and go to university (as a student to study). You don’t use the definite article ‘the’ here. Other expressions like this are go to bed (to sleep); go into hospital (when you are ill); go to church (to pray / to worship).
• In some areas of the UK there are not many grammar schools.
• There are also public schools. In fact, these are private, and parents pay to send their children there. Some are expensive. About 5% of the population go to public schools.
A school timetable
Maths is an abbreviation of mathematics.
As you can see, the pupils have five lessons every day, and altogether they do (= study) eleven subjects a week plus Physical Education (PE). Every morning they have a twenty-minute break. There are three terms (= periods of continuous work) in a school year, and the timetable changes every year.
Note: Some words in English which end in ‘s’ look plural, but in fact they are singular: Maths isn’t my favourite subject, and physics is very difficult.
Most nouns of this type refer to subjects; other examples are economics and politics.