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  • v. to remove unwanted elements from a group

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to selectively remove; same as weed{2}, v. t.; -- of things that are useless or harmful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove unwanted elements


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  • The entertainment industry and business were rife with fellow travelers, and I founded Red Crosscurrents to help weed out radicals and subversives.

    The Big Nowhere

  • Of course, the man whose errand could be attended to by the office-boy is always the one who calls loudest for the boss, but with a little tact you can weed out most of these fellows, and it's better to see ten bores than to miss one buyer.

    Old Gorgon Graham

  • What had almost shut down his mind was the instantaneous filtering required in order to sense and weed out the dark-consciousness aura around information created for harm.

    Surrender the Dark

  • Watch LaRussa’s high intensity act long enough and you begin to weed out what is true and what isn’t.

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults

  • Though the reporter respected her anonymity, Barnard, determined to weed out this public disgrace, followed the details and was able to identify the offender as a student named Linda LeClair and called for her expulsion.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • The stations were talking about a serial killer stalking the streets of New Orleans again, and not only the public information officer for the police department, but also someone from the FBI, gave statements and took a few quick questions, all the while holding back information that only the killer would know about the murders, hoping to weed out the invariable nut jobs who pretended to be the sick-o called the station to “confess” and got off on the fame.


  • Rather am I one of those pernickety souls who plan and re-plan, who build up and weed out and scrape and niggle away in their minds until they know just exactly what sort of story they are going to write, who the characters are and all about them.

    The Return of Mr Campion


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