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tease sth out

verb [I or T] uk phrasal verb with tease   /tiːz/ us  

(GET INFORMATION)

to try to get information or understand a meaning that is hidden or not clear: It took me a while to tease the truth out of him.

(SEPARATE)

to use your fingers to gradually separate hairs or threads that are stuck or twisted together: While it was still wet, I gently teased out the tangled knots in Rosie's hair.
(Definition of tease sth out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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