root sth/sb out Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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root sth/sb out

phrasal verb with root uk   us   /ruːt/ verb

root sth/sb out (SEARCH FOR)

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

root sth/sb out (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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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