Meaning of “sort sth/sb out” in the English Dictionary

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"sort sth/sb out" in British English

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sort sth/sb out

phrasal verb with sort uk /sɔːt/ us /sɔːrt/ verb

B2 to deal successfully with a problem, a situation, or a person who is having difficulties:

We've sorted out the computer system's initial problems.
[ + question word ] It'll be difficult to sort out how much each person owes.
Most of the job involves sorting out customers who have queries.

More examples

  • When the kitchen is finished I'm going to focus my attention on the garden and get that sorted out.
  • This is just a holding operation until we get the new management structure sorted out.
  • We had a very productive meeting - I felt we sorted out a lot of problems.
  • I've been sorting out my study all day, but it's such a mess I don't feel I'm getting anywhere.
  • Alan's gone off on holiday and I've been landed with the job of sorting out his mistakes.

(Definition of “sort sth/sb out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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