tease sth out Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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tease sth out

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

tease sth out (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.

tease sth out (SEPARATE)

to use ​yourfingers to ​graduallyseparatehairs or ​threads that are ​stuck or ​twisted together: While it was still ​wet, I ​gentlyteased out the ​tangledknots in Rosie's ​hair.
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