tease out

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tease out
 
vb
(tr, adverb) to extract (information) with difficulty

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tease out

Lure out, obtain or extract with effort, as in We had a hard time teasing the wedding date out of him. This term alludes to the literal sense of tease, "untangle or release something with a pointed tool." [Mid-1900s]

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