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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

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

To search through some container or collection: I sifted through the laundry pile to find a pair of socks.
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On that day, sifting occurred along the trail approximately 15 feet from the petroglyph panel.
immitis; a prolonged dry period occurred before the outbreak; and the archeological activities, particularly the sifting of the very fine-grained soil, caused considerable dust exposure.
Set crosswise, they fit down into the wheelbarrow tub enough to be secure, but high enough to give room for whatever you are sifting.
As with the smaller sifters, you can use what wood you have on hand, adjusting sizes to suit your needs, your wood, and whatever container you might be sifting into.
It involves taking in linguistic information, sifting through memories, making comparisons and solving problems.
We've found old, square-headed nails, burnt adobe, melted glass and burnt seeds and beans,'' said Tamara Whitley, one of a team of archeologists sifting through the soil in back of the adobe.
Simon and Whitley's team is digging the trench - 50 feet long, 6 inches wide and 18 inches deep - inch by painstaking inch, sifting every handful of dirt through screens.
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A countywide team of investigators wrapped up the site inspection Friday, sifting through the rubble making sure no other possible causes were overlooked, McAnally said.
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By reducing the time devoted to sifting through piles of resumes, UNMC human resource professionals are able to concentrate on career development programs for UNMC's employees, in order to increase employee retention.
Rapidly and delicately fold in remaining whites, alternating with sprinklings of almonds and siftings of flour.