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To sift out

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To sift out to search out with care, as if by sifting.
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Usage

In literature:

The meal sifted out and made a little track all the way to the lake.
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The next day I set him to beat out and sift some corn.
"Robinson Crusoe" by Mary Godolphin
The meal sifted out and made a little track all the way to the lake.
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Part 2" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Unable to sift out the truth, the ladies again appealed to the voters of the family.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
I have attempted to sift out from this picturesque loose drift the really salient and relevant material.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
Which, now that I have with great diligence long workt it out, and throughly sifted, I commend to your Magnificence.
"Machiavelli, Volume I" by Niccolò Machiavelli
We've information by the bushel, but when you come to sift it out there's precious little of it you can trust.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
Do you mean me to understand by screening that he did what they do with coal, sift out the little ones and keep in the big ones?
"The Honest American Voter's Little Catechism for 1880" by Blythe Harding
Unaided, he had to devise methods, accumulate materials, and sift out results.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Let me try to sift out the facts.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
The snow sifted down upon him out of the blackness above; three feet ahead the world seemed to end.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
We made no effort to sift their experiences, to find out how we might improve our ways.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
The meal sifted out and made a little track all the way to the lake.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
But his purpose in sifting is always to retain the evil, and drive out all the good.
"The Book of Courage" by John Thomson Faris
This body of ancient myths comes down to us, sifted out of the early literature of the active-minded Greeks.
"Special Method in Primary Reading and Oral Work with Stories" by Charles Alexander McMurry
In those trying pioneer days they always seemed to give me the insurrections to sift out, but it was purely fortuitous.
"The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912" by James H. Blount
True, it is often so blended with the fabulous inventions of poetry, that it is not always easy to sift out the truth from the fiction.
"Rambles by Land and Water" by B. M. Norman
Let the water drain out; weigh the butter; salt, one ounce to the pound; sift salt on the butter, and work with lever worker.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 12, March 22, 1884" by Various
It is hard to sift truth out of rumours.
"Cardigan" by Robert W. Chambers
In the "History of Preston and its Environs," I have endeavoured to sift out the little truth that may underlie this strange tradition.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
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In news:

And so, as he tries to work out a system for sifting and winnowing such claims to legitimacy, Vollmann inadvertently reinforces his own sense of just how ubiquitous and inescapable violence is.
Spend an afternoon sifting through Readme and documentation files to figure out why that bleeding-edge Linux package refuses to compile.
After sifting out the seawater, dozens of dusky anchovies are left to swallow.
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