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winnow away

1. To remove some material, such as chaff, from grain by means of a current of air: Modern machines can winnow away all the chaff very efficiently. The farmers winnow the chaff away by flinging the grain into the air with a large blanket.
2. To get rid of some unfit or undesirable part; eliminate something or someone: The process will winnow away the weakest candidates. The editor winnowed most of the errors away.
3. To reduce some group by separating or eliminating the unfit or undesirable part: The process winnowed away the field of candidates.
4. To remove some material from a mixture by means of a current of air or water: The wind has winnowed away the sand from the soil. Water currents pick up mud from the riverbank and winnow it away, exposing the rock.
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winnow out

1. To separate some material, such as chaff, from grain by means of a current of air: The farmer winnows out the chaff with a machine. There is always some debris in the harvest, but we winnow it out.
2. To separate or get rid of some unfit or undesirable part; eliminate something or someone: The lions tend to winnow out the sick antelope. The political process will winnow the weakest candidates out.
3. To sort or select some fit or desirable part; extract someone or something: We winnowed out the top candidates from the rest and interviewed them. There are only a few good pieces of wood in this shipment, and it will take a long time to winnow them out.
4. To rid some group of unfit or undesirable members: The test winnowed out the applicant pool.
See also: out, winnow
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Winnow to make painful compromises, the health care team must also be willing to make uncomfortable concessions.
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Three former Marine Corps drill instructors will put them through the paces and winnow out the weaklings.
A panel of judges - entertainers Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson and record executive Simon Cowell - winnow them down to 120, then to 30.
To select the winners for the four awards, the editors of The Week compiled the best opinion columns on a weekly basis and met monthly to review the work and winnow down the field.
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Then, it was how many of these cases can we winnow out and not have to pay.
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While one could hardly characterize coal as a sexy mineral, as deregulation of the utilities looms larger and consolidation among the big coal producers winnows the number of players down to a manageable five or six, coal may be getting sexier as an investment.
Sur's youthful enthusiasm constantly creates elaborate routines; Roca's stabilizing sense of realism winnows out the impractical.