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exact (something) from (someone)

To obtain something from someone. I doubt you'll be able to exact the entire amount from her because she doesn't make enough money to pay you back right now.
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exact something from someone

to demand something from someone; to take something from someone. The bill collector sought to exact payment from them for a debt that had been paid off long ago. You cannot exact a single cent from me.
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What good is there in taking all these pains to give an exact likeness of old women and clowns?
Now, all these things require much thought, and we want to apply the knowledge usefully, and we should therefore be exact.
He wore in addition to his leathern trappings and jewelled ornaments a great circlet of gold about his brow in the exact centre of which was set an immense stone, the exact counterpart of that which I had seen upon the breast of the little old man at the atmosphere plant nearly twenty years before.
At this point of inflation, it is in exact equilibrium with the air, and neither mounts nor descends.
Here are the exact figures: 25 gallons of water, separated into its constituent elements, yield 200 pounds of oxygen and 25 pounds of hydrogen.
She knew the price of everything, and her gratitude was in exact proportion with the value of his gift.
Arriving at infinitesimals, mathematics, the most exact of sciences, abandons the process of analysis and enters on the new process of the integration of unknown, infinitely small, quantities.
The casual and rather hurried way in which she spoke, together with the fact that she was saying the exact opposite of what he expected her to say, baffled him so much that he instinctively loosened his clasp upon her arm and she withdrew it quietly.
He was trying to recall the exact words in which he had made his proposal to Mary.
Look at it now, David--if you can see it from the doorway of this hut--and you will see that it is still in the exact center of the heavens.
What is the exact distance which separates the earth from its satellite?
The perpendicularity of the gun was exact, its direction to the zenith of the spot incontestible; and the moon passing to the zenith of the spot, we ought to reach it at the full.
These meditations were entirely employed on Mr Allworthy's fortune; for, first, he exercised much thought in calculating, as well as he could, the exact value of the whole: which calculations he often saw occasion to alter in his own favour: and, secondly and chiefly, he pleased himself with intended alterations in the house and gardens, and in projecting many other schemes, as well for the improvement of the estate as of the grandeur of the place: for this purpose he applied himself to the studies of architecture and gardening, and read over many books on both these subjects; for these sciences, indeed, employed his whole time, and formed his only amusement.
All that we can know empirically is approximate and liable to exceptions; the exact laws that are assumed in physics are known to be somewhere near the truth, but are not known to be true just as they stand.
M'Choakumchild, anything like that amount of exact knowledge which I looked for.