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glean from (something)

1. To take that which has been left behind, usually grain remaining after a harvest. A noun or pronoun can be used between "glean" and "from." How much grain were you able to glean from the fields today?
2. To learn something from a particular source, often secondhand or piecemeal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "glean" and "from." I missed the meeting yesterday, so tell me what you were able to glean from his presentation. What have you been able to glean from the rumors going around?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

glean something from something

1. Lit. to gather the leftovers of something from something; to gather the ears of grain left in a field after a harvest. The poor people gleaned their entire living from what was left in the fields. We will have to go out and glean something from the fields.
2. and glean something from someone Fig. to figure something out from bits of gossip. I was able to glean some important news from Tommy. Tell me the news you gleaned from the people in town.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

glean from

1. To learn something or figure something out using some information gathered bit by bit: We were able to glean information about their past from the conversation we overheard. I gleaned from these various articles that there was serious trouble brewing in the government.
2. To gather grain left behind by reapers: The farmers have gleaned their final harvests from their fields of wheat.
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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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And with the club chief executive Mark Maguire coming out publicly in the week stating that results needed to improve, McCarthy was faced with having to glean something from their trip to Devon.
A lot of his writings were autobiographical, so even though he wrote fictional characters, you could still glean something from them,' Hoult said.
William Hill quote Manuel Pellegrini's charges at 3/4 to tighten their grip on that position by making it five victories on the spin as they travel to Swansea but the South Wales outfit have racked up three successes on the bounce themselves and in front of their own supporters they can glean something from a potentially tight contest.
And Mike Umaga's men will be desperate to glean something from the game as Kendal and Manchester, the other two sides who have lost all six games to date, meet in a something'sgot-to-give affair.
The best part is that all types of readers--parents of children with disabilities, their friends and families, literature buffs--will glean something from it, be it insight, entertainment, or empathy.
However, the Robins have lost three of their four League I matches at the County Ground this term and Huddersfield have performed slightly more solidly on the road than they have on their own patch, factors that definitely suggest Ternent's troops can glean something from the Wiltshire clash.
However, it may still be possible to glean something from the handful of unexposed or unraced horses who were left in Cheltenham's novice events at last week's first forfeit stage.