tease out


tease out
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "tease out":
present tense I/you/we/they tease out he/she/it teases out present participle teasing out past tense teased out past participle teased out
1) to succeed in discovering something difficult, complicated, or secret
2) same as tease I, 4)

Tease out some of the roots before replanting.


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