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tout1 / tout/ • v. 1. [tr.] attempt to sell (something), typically by pestering people in an aggressive or bold manner: Jim was touting his wares. ∎  (often be touted) attempt to persuade people of the merits of (someone or something): the headquarters facility was touted as the best in the country. 2. [intr.] offer racing tips for a share of any resulting winnings. ∎  [tr.] chiefly Brit. spy out the movements and condition of (a racehorse in training) in order to gain information to be used when betting. • n. 1. a person soliciting custom or business, typically in an aggressive or bold manner. 2. a person who offers racing tips for a share of any resulting winnings. DERIVATIVES: tout·er n. tout2 / toō/ • adj. (often le tout) used before the name of a city to refer to its high society or people of importance: le tout Washington adored him.

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