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single sb/sth out

verb [I] uk phrasal verb with single   /ˈsɪŋ.ɡl̩/ us  
to choose one person or thing from a group for special attention, especially criticism or praise: It's not fair the way my sister is always singled out for special treatment. Jamie was thrilled when the teacher singled out his poem and asked him to read it out.
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