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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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When contacted, a [Police official said that department will set up a complaint cell for quick action on complaints of eve teasing.
Most troubling are the behavioral, health and social consequences of teasing and bullying.
This article reports on the perceptions of three mothers as they engaged in research conversations about their children's teasing and the potential implications of those perceptions that emerged.
In the process of early teasing children are discovering how to use their bodies, voices and faces to communicate nuances of meaning.
Teasing is an important problem because consequences can be severe and include acts of violence to self and others.
Therefore, victims need to be taught to "toughen up," get less serious about the teasing, walk away with dignity, and/or create humor in negative social interactions.
She said she'd talk to the people who were teasing me.
When questioned by the counselor about this occurrence, the students responded that they had tried responding assertively but this particular person was still teasing them.
And if you refuse to become angry and upset, your sister may get tired of teasing you.
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.
On the air Jan began teasing her husband (who apparently decided to battle the gay rumors by draping his corpulent frame in hideous ultra-gay Versace knockoffs).
While the teasing leads to a fight that allows Lowry to meet his future love interest, it also distorts his self-image.
Teasing may make a person feel bigger, but it's very cruel.
Adult male genderlect is often characterized as being more laconic, more overtly confrontational, more likely to be embedded in activity, more direct, less supportive-responsive, and more likely to include jocular teasing (Tannen, 1994).
In today's world, however, where Americans need accurate and clear information as quickly as they can get it, teasing the news is an atrocious breach of journalists' responsibility to the public.