tease


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tease someone about someone or something

to make fun of someone about someone or something; to poke fun at someone about someone or something. The boys teased Don about his girlfriend. Stop teasing me about it!
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tease someone into doing something

to force someone to do something through teasing or tormenting. Sam teased her into doing what he wanted. Perhaps you can tease him into leaving, but he won't go if you ask him.
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tease something out

Fig. to separate threads or hairs by combing. The hairdresser teased Jill's hair out carefully. The hairdresser teased out Jill's hair.
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tease something out of something

 and tease something out
to lure something out of something by teasing or tempting. I managed to tease the cat out of the tree with a bit offish. I teased out the cat.
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tease out something

also tease something out
to carefully separate particular facts from a great deal of information What has always been interesting for me is how you can tease out the reasons for an event as you review its history. After a while, you learn how to tease out the errors hidden in texts.
Related vocabulary: puzzle over something
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tease out

Lure out, obtain or extract with effort, as in We had a hard time teasing the wedding date out of him. This term alludes to the literal sense of tease, "untangle or release something with a pointed tool." [Mid-1900s]
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tease out

v.
To remove or obtain something by or as if by untangling or releasing with a pointed tool or device: I teased the knot out with a pair of tweezers. The interviewer teased the truth out of the politician.
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The mothers' perceptions provided an opportunity to examine parent histories and child-rearing beliefs in relation to teasing, as well as the potential impact of those beliefs and actions as a license to tease between siblings.
Several researchers have reported that the major content of a tease is body parts and other aspects of physical appearance (Alberts-Kellar-Guenther & Corman, 1996; Kowalski, 2000; Mooney, Creeser, & Blatchford, 1991).
The next time your sister teases you for opening your mouth while you're chewing, perhaps you can swallow your food, smile politely, and say, "Thank you for reminding me.
The second part of the tease asked if I, as a viewer, thought the reward would make a difference.
Thus, "a child who cannot share jokes with other children or does not know how to tease or be teased, lacks important aspects of communicative competence" (Ely & Gleason, 1995, p.
The nap vote, however, goes to Tease in the Betfair.
News and information should never be used to tease an audience into waiting around through the commercial break or that evening's newscast.
Say you like summer school, and maybe they won't tease you.
Are there legal grounds for action against those who tease others?
Cream Tease won gamely at Salisbury on the first Saturday in August, and Sir Ninja came home with ease three days later at Thirsk.
Executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci continue to tease what the fans can expect on the second half of the latest season starting with Esther's (Sonja Sohn) fate as well as Dahlia's (Kristin Erickson) threat on the Mikaelson's first-born children.
STAND- UP comedian Sorabh Pant enjoys travelling as much he loves cracking a good joke and that's what he is doing with Trip Tease, a travelling comedy show that is making India laugh out loud, one city at a time.
Her bratty neighbor Billy Do-Good doesn't miss any opportunity to tease Ima about her different features and embarrass her in front of other kids.
Other girls tease me because I don't have a relationship, but I've never met a boy I've really wanted to be with.
When Harriet Hummingbird's friends at Countryside Zoo feel depressed after a group of weasels tease them mercilessly, Harriet takes action.