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exorcise (something) out of (one)

To force an evil spirit out of someone, as through spells or incantations. There are some who believe that it's possible to exorcise demons out of people.
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exorcise out

1. To force an evil spirit out of someone, as through spells or incantations. A noun or pronoun can be used between "exorcise" and "out." There are some who believe that it's possible to exorcise demons out of people.
2. To attempt to confront, cope with, or expel some negative emotional or psychological issue. A noun or pronoun can be used between "exorcise" and "out." I've started to use my writing as a way of exorcising out the painful experiences I endured as a child.
See also: exorcise, out
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exorcise something out of someone

 and exorcise something out
to remove or cast out evil from someone. We saw a movie about a priest who exorcised a demon out of a young girl.
See also: exorcise, of, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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