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sift something from something

to remove something from something by sifting. Fran sifted all the impurities from the flour before using it. Timmy sifted all the leaves from the sand in his sandbox.
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sift something out of something

 and sift something out
to get rid of something in something else by sifting. Dan sifted the impurities out of the flour. Walter sifted out the foreign matter.
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sift something through something

to make something pass through something such as a sieve. she sifted the powdered sugar through a strainer. Please sift the soil through this screen and watch for bits of pottery.
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sift through something

to examine all parts of something. The fire inspector sifted through the rubble, looking for clues to the start of the fire. We sifted through all the papers in the old trunk, but we did not find what we were looking for.
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sift out

v.
To separate some class, kind, or size from others with or as if with a sieve: The jeweler sifted out the larger gems. An insurance investigator sifts the honest claims out from the false ones.
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sift through

v.
To search through some container or collection: I sifted through the laundry pile to find a pair of socks.
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On low speed, alternately add sifted mixture in 3 additions with sour cream in 2 additions, beginning and ending with sifted mixture.
Only well-connected industry insiders and very savvy homebuyers who purchased expensive, specialized property reports or sifted through listings in legal journals could take advantage of foreclosure properties.
Decorate cupcakes with sprinkles, M&Ms, chopped nuts, toffee, peppermint candies, jelly beans, chopped or shaved (with a vegetable peeler) light, dark or white chocolate, cookie crumbs, gumdrops, sifted cocoa powder, fresh fruits, edible fresh flowers, candied flower petals, or whatever else strikes your fancy.
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar plus additional for dusting
Place each in a paper cupcake container and onto small foil pans, and again cover with sifted powdered sugar.
Sprinkle tops of shells with additional sifted powdered sugar.
Once the bombe has set up in the fridge several hours or overnight, turn out and frost with chocolate ganache (the restaurant uses a different chocolate frosting), then dust with sifted cocoa powder and return to the fridge until serving.
Decorate plated slices, as the restaurant does, with drizzles of caramel and chocolate sauces in a flower design - and dust the edges with sifted cocoa powder and powdered sugar.
2) The wreckage of an experimental Thorp T-18 plane is sifted through by NTSB investigators Monday on Zuma Beach.
CHOCOLATE GLAZE: In a medium bowl, mix together 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa and 1 tablespoon butter, softened.
ONE-CRUST PIE SHELL: Use 1 1/3 cups sifted flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup Wesson Oil and 3 tablespoons milk.
Remove each madeleine to a wire cake rack, top side down and sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar.
With a rubber spatula, fold chocolate into eggs along with walnuts, lemon extract, lemon peel, sifted flour mixture and dates.