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English definition of “root sth/sb out”

root sth/sb out

(GET RID OF) phrasal verb with root     /ruːt/ verb
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.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of thingsRemoving and extracting
(Definition of root sth/sb out (GET RID OF) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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