Example with a context (Murders of pro-Russian lobbyists increase tension in Ukraine standoff):

Ukrainian officials and political analysts suggested they were the work of Russian special forces assassins out to blacken the image of Kiev's pro-Western authorities.

How do you understand the expression to be out to do something?


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"fixed on a purpose", "resolute", or "determined" would have a similar meaning.

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I think that means they have the intention of doing something, or are intent on doing something.

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    Welcome to ELL Stack Exchange! That's a pretty good first answer. If you stick around you'll get a lot of well-intentioned advice. Here's your first piece: This answer sounds a lot like unfounded opinion, even though it looks right. It would help to add some kind of supporting evidence, whether it's just a reference to personal experience, a dictionary entry, or something else. – DCShannon Apr 16 '15 at 19:07
  • @DCShannon Thanks for the welcome and the advice, I'll try to do better next time :). I won't edit the answer, though, because someone else already answered correctly. – JMVanPelt Apr 17 '15 at 2:48

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