For years, Greece has been a sieve for irregular migrants who want to make their way to Europe.
If you find your pumpkin to have too much water after you cook the flesh, strain it in a sieve or cheesecloth.
Strain through a chinoise (a sieve with extremely fine mesh) and let cool.
Pass the juices through a sieve into a bowl to remove the seeds.
Press the mixture into a sieve with the back of the spoon to squeeze out the liquid then add 1tsp of honey.
Cut up four or five quinces and boil until soft in water to cover, then peel, and rub through a sieve.
This soup may be served as it is or rubbed through a sieve before serving.
Roll out; cut in shapes, and fry brown, taking them out with a fork into a sieve set over a pan that all fat may drain off.
Rub the ground meat through the sieve and put it back on the fire.
Through this the water poured as through a sieve, wetting the bedding and soaking the ground upon which they lay.
Old English sife "sieve," from Proto-Germanic *sib (cf. Middle Dutch seve, Dutch zeef, Old High German sib, German Sieb), from PIE *seib- "to pour out, sieve, drip, trickle" (see soap (n.)). Related to sift. The Sieve of Eratosthenes (1803) is a contrivance for finding prime numbers. Sieve and shears formerly were used in divinations.
late 15c., from sieve (n.). Related: Sieved; sieving.
A very effective, quasi-magical agent, remedy, etc: Stokovich looked on Kennedy as his ''silver bullet,'' his absolute best man/ No single silver bullet is going to do the job
[1808+; reflecting an ancient belief that silver weapons can conquer any foe, found, for example, in the Delphic Oracle's advice to Philip of Macedon, ''With silver weapons you may conquer the world'']