to space out

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - space out

"to space out"

to be dreamily or eerily out of touch with reality;

to be disoriented, forgetful, or dazed


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - space out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you ready for another completely tedious, ultra-boring staff meeting?

Colleague 2:  Sure! Bring it on. I have developed a strategy. I just space out. I let my thoughts wander where they may.

Colleague 1:  I have been wondering why you have been staring just a little over the speaker's shoulder with a smile on your face during the meetings.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - space out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What's up with Nancy lately? She has been looking a little spaced out.

Friend 2:  She is in love again.

Friend 1:  That would explain her distracted, dreamy behavior.

to space out - Usage:


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to space out - Gerund Form:

Spacing out in the middle of a lecture is not a good way to get a good grade.

to space out - Examples:

1)  He's so handsome that I sometimes space out staring at him during filming.

2)  These people are so spaced out, they can fill their diaper and think everything is OK.

3)  Multiple witnesses from the evening claim he appeared heavily intoxicated, or looked "spaced out".

4)  He looked spaced out to me, his eyes were glazed.

5)  ... showed the audience footage of the show, which shows Nick looking spaced out as he glances around the auditorium.

6)  I gradually increased the dose from no effect, to conscious but 'spaced out', and finally to enough for general anesthesia.

7)  You've been feeling really spaced out recently and didn't really realise law school exams were a thing.

8)  Rosie was showing signs that something was wrong, as she was shaking and looked spaced out.

9)  If a hectic lifestyle is making you feel spaced out in a relationship, ...

10)  ... how chemo feels, she describes it as "uncomfortable", leaving her "spaced out" and "tired".

11)  Feeling restless, yawning, spacing out or hunger pangs are likely signs you ought to get up and away from ...

12)  Men, on the other hand de-stress by shutting down and spacing out.

13)  ... over reliance on distraction and spacing out to reduce discomfort can lead to other difficulties.

14)  Whether you call it zoning out, spacing out or daydreaming, we spend up to 47 percent of our waking lives letting ...

15)  ... excessive daydreaming -- dreaming's voluntary counterpart, commonly dismissed as "spacing out" or frivolous wishful thinking -- has even been named a disorder.

16)  It looks like I'm spacing out when I'm doodling, but I'm actually making my thoughts come together.

17)  So as long as you're keeping an eye on your kids and not completely spacing out on the flight, you should be fine.

18)  The baby on the left seems to be spacing out, but the one on the right looks a little worried about the future.

19)  ... an outdoor reading room, a lunchtime dating scene and a delightful hangout for spacing out in the middle of the workday.

20)  I would stare at the poster (presumably while spacing out in class and failing to pay attention to my teacher) at length.