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find someone out

1. to discover that someone is not at home. We knocked on their door and found them out. Sam found Frank out when he arrived to collect the debt.
2. to discover something surprising or shocking about someone. I don't want them to find me out. We found her out despite her deviousness.
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find something out

to discover facts about someone or something; to learn a fact. I found something out that you might be interested in. We found out that the Smiths are going to sell their house.
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find out

1. Discover through examination or inquiry, as in You can find out his phone number by looking in the book. [Mid-1500]
2. Expose, detect the true nature or character of, especially in an offense. For example, Cheaters risk being found out. [c. 1700]
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find out

1. To ascertain something, as through examination or inquiry: I found out the phone number by looking it up. We found the answer out in the dictionary. I'm not sure of the location of the bus stop, but I'll try to find out.
2. To detect or expose the true nature or character of something or someone: My plan to trick my roommate ended when he found me out. Liars risk being found out.
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Meanwhile, with the help of the call records, Aram is able to find out from where Jolene made the last call.
She says, "We didn't want sales pitches, we wanted to get our hands on the projectors and find out for ourselves which was the best.
You wonder what Van Natta could find out if he sat Clinton down with a Magic 8 Ball.
Call the park ahead of time to find out if they will allow picnic coolers.
I find it extremely helpful to hear presentations by speakers from the IRS, Treasury and the large accounting firms and to talk with my peers to find out how various provisions are affecting their corporate tax planning.
Now, I have done my share of activism--writing letters, protesting at the statehouse--but this was the first time that I made a personal call to an elected official; I had an idea and I needed to find out if it could work.