pour [transitive] to make a liquid or other substance flow from a container in a continuous stream, especially by holding the container at an angle

pour something + adv./prep. Pour the sauce over the pasta.

She poured boiling water down the sink.

Pour away as much fat as possible from the roasting pan.

pour something Although I poured it carefully, I still managed to spill some.

The crew mixed and poured the concrete.

It seems like you use "pour" with liquid-form substances or grainy stuff such as water or milk or salt, etc.

I am not sure if it can be used with hard objects like toys or rocks or paper-form like money.

do you say "to pour toys / rocks / dollars out of a bag"?

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Tip Out - To empty a vessel of its contents by tipping it over. A noun or pronoun is used between "tip" and "out."

It's worth noting that, although less usual, you could also tip out a liquid.

You can pour out solid objects, especially if there are more than one (and therefore they would act like a liquid) but it's more of a metaphor.

For example:

He poured out the contents of his coin purse onto the table.

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