to dispense, esp. money
He didn't get a new tv because he didn't want to shell out 150 bucks.
To pay for something, generally applies to paying large amounts of money
"Man, I had to shell out $300 for a new computer monitor."
Having to pay an amount of money for something, especially if unexpected or having to pay more than one thinks is a fair price.
"I brought the whole family to the game, which cost a fortune. To make things worse, once I got there had to shell out to buy hotdogs, icecream, sodas, and baseball hats!"
1. usually means "to pay for"
2. to hand or give out
I'm not shelling out $1000!
Pay up, pay out.
We went bowling last night and I had to shell out because no one else had any cash.
adjective - relating to consuming excessive amounts of room service, shelling out is essentially the equivalent of crabbing or lobstering in the context of a chinese buffet. shelling out is particularly embarrassing if exectued at the hotel poolside
"shall i call room service again or are you about to shell out?"