As usual, I try to practice English grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills through some exercises. Today I've got stuck with the following phrasal verb "sped out" and after a Google search was not able to grasp properly its meaning.

Here's the complete sentence:

Through an inadvertent error, the guided missile sped out of control.

I suppose the meaning sounds like "went out of control", or "stopped working properly" but not sure if this is the right definition though. Google mostly offers definition for "speed up". Or maybe it means that it became faster and unable to control?

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    The out belongs with the phrase out of control. So, as you surmise, it went out of control at speed. – Ronald Sole Nov 18 at 9:36
  • Means this is not a phrasal verb? – Carlos Florian Nov 18 at 9:39
  • @CarlosFlorian Correct. The verb in your sentence is simply "sped." – TypeIA Nov 18 at 10:00
  • Thanks! For a non-native speaker it looked like a phrasal verb. I learned something new today. – Carlos Florian Nov 18 at 10:14

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