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flush away

To use water in a forceful manner to remove something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flush" and "away." I'll get the hose and flush away some of this dirt.
See also: away, flush

flush out

1. To use liquids to expel something from something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flush" and "out." If you get debris in your eyes, be sure to flush them out with water immediately.
2. To force someone or something out of hiding. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flush" and "out." That loud crash flushed out a stray cat from under our porch. Police have the suspect surrounded and are hoping to flush him out with tear gas.
3. To cause some substance to be expelled from one's body. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flush" and "out." The diet promises to flush toxins out of your body, whatever that means. Be sure to drink plenty of water. It will help flush out the poison in your system.
See also: flush, out

flush out the bird

To force a bird out of hiding, as when hunting. You know, you could use a hunting dog to help you flush out the bird.
See also: bird, flush, out

flush the birds out of the bushes

To cause birds to come out of hiding, as when hunting. You know, you could use a hunting dog to help you flush the birds out of the bushes. The sudden sound of the car engine flushed the birds out of the bushes all around them.
See also: bird, bush, flush, of, out

flush with (something)

1. verb To use a liquid to cleanse something. You'll need to flush your eyes with this special solution to clear out the debris.
2. adjective Fitting snugly or evenly next to something else. The drywall isn't flush with the jamb, that's why you're having trouble opening the door all the way.
See also: flush
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

flush something away

to wash something unwanted away. Flush all this mess away! Fred flushed away all the leaves on the sidewalk.
See also: away, flush

flush something out

to clean something out with a flow of liquid. Flush the fuel line out to clean it. Please flush out the fuel line and clean it.
See also: flush, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

flush out

1. To empty or clean something by a flow of water or liquid: After coming in contact with the caustic substance, she flushed out her eye, which was red and puffy. The school nurse flushed the child's eyes out after he got fingerpaint in them.
2. To cause something to leave or be removed from something with a flow of water or liquid: She ran to the sink to flush out the dirt from her cut. My tears flushed the sand out of my eye.
3. To frighten someone or something from a concealed place: The golden retriever jumped into the reeds and flushed out the ducks. The passing car flushed the birds out of the thicket.
4. To drive or force someone into the open: The sniper is hiding in one of the buildings to the south and won't be easy to flush out. The army pledged to flush all insurgents out of the village.
See also: flush, out
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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