tease out something


tease out something
tease out (something) to carefully separate particular facts from a great deal of information.

What has always been interesting for me is how you can tease out the reasons for an event as you review its history.

After a while, you learn how to tease out the errors hidden in texts.

Related vocabulary: puzzle over something

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  • tease out — (something) to carefully separate particular facts from a great deal of information. What has always been interesting for me is how you can tease out the reasons for an event as you review its history. After a while, you learn how to tease out… …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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,… …   English dictionary

  • tease — tease1 [ti:z] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(laugh)¦ 2¦(annoy an animal)¦ 3¦(sex)¦ 4¦(hair)¦ Phrasal verbs  tease something<=>out ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: tAsan] 1.) ¦(LAUGH)¦ [I and T] to laugh at someone and make jokes in order to ha …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tease — tease1 [ tiz ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to say something to someone in order to have fun by embarrassing or annoying them slightly in a friendly or unkind way: I didn t mean it: I was only teasing. tease someone about… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tease — I UK [tiːz] / US [tɪz] verb Word forms tease : present tense I/you/we/they tease he/she/it teases present participle teasing past tense teased past participle teased * 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to say something to someone in order to have… …   English dictionary

  • tease — 1 verb 1 (I, T) to make jokes and laugh at someone in order to have fun by embarrassing them, either in a friendly way or in an unkind way: Don t get upset, I was only teasing. | tease sb: Kids often tease each other. | tease sb about: I was… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tease — [[t]ti͟ːz[/t]] teases, teasing, teased 1) VERB To tease someone means to laugh at them or make jokes about them in order to embarrass, annoy, or upset them. [V n] He told her how the boys in East Poldown had set on him, teasing him... [V n about… …   English dictionary

  • tease — [c]/tiz / (say teez) verb (teased, teasing) –verb (t) 1. to worry or irritate by persistent petty requests, trifling raillery, or other annoyances often in jest. 2. to pull apart or separate the adhering fibres of, as in combing or carding wool;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tease — [OE] Tease originally meant ‘separate the fibres of wool’ (a sense still perceptible in the metaphorical tease out ‘disentangle something complicated’). It came from a prehistoric West Germanic *taisjan, whose base was also the source of English… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • tease — [OE] Tease originally meant ‘separate the fibres of wool’ (a sense still perceptible in the metaphorical tease out ‘disentangle something complicated’). It came from a prehistoric West Germanic *taisjan, whose base was also the source of English… …   Word origins