Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tease sth out”

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)
What is the pronunciation of tease sth out?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Finding and discovering, but you might be interested in these topics from the Finding and losing topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “tease sth out”

Word of the Day

maiden

a girl or young woman

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More