collect from

collect (something) from (someone)

1. To solicit or gather something, often money, from someone. There's a boy at the entrance collecting money from people for charity. They're doing a food drive at work, and they want to collect canned food from us.
2. To obtain a biological specimen from someone, as for medical testing. We'll need to collect a urine sample from you.
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collect something from someone

1. to gather up something from someone; to gather money from someone. I'm here to collect used clothing from you. She is out collecting donations from the neighbors.
2. to take a medical specimen from a person. I am here to collect a urine specimen from the patient. The phlebotomist collected the specimen from Todd and left the room.
See also: collect
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But after that I watched the chance when she wasn't around so as to collect from her barkeeper.
After a vociferous consultation, which was, at times, deafened by bursts of savage joy, they again separated, filling the air with the name of a foe, whose body, Heywood could collect from their expressions, they hoped to find concealed in some crevice of the island.
As an incentive, those who collect from one tree will receive Leatherman's Wave, a travel-size all-in-one toolkit.
Andrew Cubria, a Chicago doctor who performed more than 750 angioplasties and other heart operations on Medicaid patients who didn't require the surgery so that he could collect from health insurers.
"If we require businesses to collect from the 30,000 taxing jurisdictions, it will be impossible for businesses to do that without great expense, says Richard Barton, senior vice president for Congressional Relations for the Direct Marketing Association.
The tenants wind up with huge retroactive increases, the landlords end up with payments they can't collect from tenants who have moved out of the building.