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root sth/sb out

verb uk phrasal verb with root   /ruːt/ us  

(SEARCH FOR)

informal to search and find something or someone that is difficult to find: I've rooted out an old pair of shoes that might fit you.

(GET RID OF)

to find and remove a person or thing that is causing a problem: Ms Campbell has been appointed to root out inefficiency in this company.
(Definition of root sth/sb out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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