What does ‘pan out’ mean? Watch this short video to learn a simple trick about “pan out” and use it correctly.

Hi, I’m Joel. In this video we’re going to discuss the idiom to “pan out.

So, what does it mean if something “pans out?”

Of course, you know a pan is something that you use to fry things in or to cook things.

So, to “pan out” is that related to a pan? Well, no not really.
So, to “pan out” basically means to be successful or to turn out well.

So, for example I can say, “His business idea didn’t pan out.”

It means, his business idea did not turn out well, or his business idea was not successful.

As a question I can say, “Did the new job pan out?”

Meaning was the new job successful for you or did it turn out well, was everything okay?

Or, I could say, “What are you going to do if your project doesn’t pan out?”

Meaning what are you going to do if your project does not turn out well or is not successful.

So these are just a few examples of the idiom “pan out.”

So, I hope that you learned something new and that now you can use the word “pan out” when you’re
practicing your English.

Thanks for watching. I hoped you liked the video.

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