tease out
transitive verb Date: 1828 1. to obtain by or as if by disentangling or freeing with a pointed instrument 2. unravel 2

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  • tease out — (something) to carefully separate particular facts from a great deal of information. What has always been interesting for me is how you can tease out the reasons for an event as you review its history. After a while, you learn how to tease out… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tease out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms tease out : present tense I/you/we/they tease out he/she/it teases out present participle teasing out past tense teased out past participle teased out 1) to succeed in discovering something difficult,… …   English dictionary

  • tease out — PHRASAL VERB If you tease out information or a solution, you succeed in obtaining it even though this is difficult. [V P n (not pron)] They try to tease out the answers without appearing to ask... [V n P] There had to be an answer he was sure he… …   English dictionary

  • tease out — transitive verb Etymology: tease (I) : to obtain by disentangling or freeing with or as if with a pointed instrument isolated striated muscle fibers can be teased out from muscles Medical Physics delicately teasing out the embryos from a little… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tease out — verb a) To unravel. b) To separate as if by unraveling …   Wiktionary

  • tease out something — tease out (something) to carefully separate particular facts from a great deal of information. What has always been interesting for me is how you can tease out the reasons for an event as you review its history. After a while, you learn how to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tease — [tēz] vt. teased, teasing [ME tesen < OE tæsan, to pull about, pluck, tease, akin to Du teezen < IE * di s < base * dā(i) , to cut apart, divide > TIDE1] 1. a) to separate the fibers of; card or comb (flax, wool, etc.) b) to fluff… …   English World dictionary

  • tease — ► VERB 1) playfully make fun of or attempt to provoke. 2) tempt sexually. 3) (tease out) find out by searching through a mass of information. 4) gently pull or comb (tangled wool, hair, etc.) into separate strands. 5) archaic comb (the surface of …   English terms dictionary

  • tease — 1. (tease) (2614↑, 384↓) A member of the opposite sex, ussualy a [female] who entices you into thinking you have a chance. Almost always ends with you having blueballs and feelings of sorrow, resentment and bitterness. A girl who works at a local …   Urban English dictionary

  • tease — tease1 [ti:z] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(laugh)¦ 2¦(annoy an animal)¦ 3¦(sex)¦ 4¦(hair)¦ Phrasal verbs  tease something<=>out ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: tAsan] 1.) ¦(LAUGH)¦ [I and T] to laugh at someone and make jokes in order to ha …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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