Green’s Dictionary of Slang

give out v.

[fig. uses of SE]

1. [19C+] (Irish) to make a fuss, to complain.

2. [1930s+] (US black) to talk emotionally, to talk with great feeling; thus give out yards v., to talk with feeling at length.

3. [1930s+] of a young woman, to make herself available for sexual intercourse.

4. [1940s] as give out with, to speak in a given manner.

5. [1940s+] to play music or sing.

6. [1950s] to scream.

7. [1950s] to offer, to present.

8. [1950s+] to make out, to imply, to pretend.

9. [1980s+] to reprimand, to criticize, to attack.