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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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So what is she capable of and how will that be explored on our show is stuff that we want to play with and you will see some advancement in that plot in these first batch of episodes," Narducci further teased.
Verbal responses were brief and did not include discussions of the behavior or consequences of teasing or any conversation concerning the recipient's feelings of being teased.
Although adolescents may be teased about a variety of aspects of their appearance, several researchers have documented that teasing about weight in particular, is damaging to the emotional and physical well-being of an adolescent.
If we can help kids who get teased learn more effective strategies, they will develop better social competencies and resilience.
I used to get teased at school by others in the PE class and was always the last one to be picked.
When family members teased middle school girls about their appearance, the teasing had a significant impact on the girls' dissatisfaction with their bodies, said Helene Keery, Ph.
Whether it was the industrial-strength eye makeup, the cotton-candy wiglets woven together and teased into a cascading pink mane, or the helium-inflected Georgia drawl punctuated with babyish cooing and upper-register burbling, I was hooked.
At school, Lowry is teased because of his Kentucky accent.
Everyone knows about 'mean girls,' but parents may not realize the potential long-term impact on their daughters and their sense of well-being of being bullied or teased by other girls," said Sharon A.
Every time someone teased me, I would try to convince myself that they weren't much taller than I was.
Fathers teased their children by placing objects in the way of their children's goals or by physically redirecting them away from a desired goal or object.
A FATHER who went too far when he teased and taunted his teenage daughter has been sentenced by a court to 180 hours unpaid community work.
It is those surfaces, and the perfectionist intensity with which they are teased out, that give the movie its share of pulp poetry.
As they arrived Hurley teased Anderson about the size of her breasts and tried to button up her blouse.
While most children in school are teased at one time or another, some research indicates that kids with disabilities are particularly vulnerable.