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tease out

verb
1.
(transitive, adverb) to extract (information) with difficulty
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  • tease out a small portion of the tendon or ligament in water, and examine with a glass of high power.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • tease out a small piece of ligament from the rabbit's leg in salt solution; mount in the same, and examine under a high power.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • tease out a small piece of ligament from a rabbit's leg in salt solution; mount in the same, and examine as before.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Take a piece of muscle from one of the frog's limbs, tease out with needles upon a glass slip, and examine.

Idioms and Phrases with tease out

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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