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English verb: pan out

1. pan out (social) be a success

SamplesThe idea panned out.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

2. pan out (contact) wash dirt in a pan to separate out the precious minerals

Synonymspan, pan off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)wash

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