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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. © 2022 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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"Gleaning is a really neat opportunity to realize some of that redistribution."
Most of the effort has been coordinated in philanthropic circles, but in the 1990s, the federal government began encouraging gleaning for the first time.
Under the Clinton Administration, the Department of Agriculture funded a position to coordinate gleaning on a national scale, and in 1996, Congress also passed the agricultural Good Samaritan Act, which shields growers from liability for donated food.
Gleaning is a practical way to get fresh food to some of those people.
One of the volunteers Small Potatoes Gleaning counts on is Pat McGraw, who has been helping collect produce for seven years.
In contrast to Small Potatoes' farm-based program, the gleaning program at the Tucson Community Food Bank in Arizona gathers fruit from local backyards.
Gleaning not only keeps food from being wasted, it gives people the opportunity to help meet their own needs, Trieger said.
About 50 percent of the Sunshine Harvesters - one of four Lane County gleaning groups - are senior citizens, said coordinator Sally Asay, 62, of Eugene.
Such a move mirrors the statewide model - there are 30 gleaning groups in Oregon - and will give individual groups more control over their gleaning, while freeing up Trieger to do fewer administrative tasks, she said.
She also ingeniously and movingly illuminates their stories, enlisting history, poetry and even the Bible to justify the practice of gleaning. Consider Deuteronomy 24:19: "When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow."
One traces the right of rural gleaning back to a 1554 statute, while another affirms the legality of urban scavenging, for "these objects cannot be stolen since they have no owner." Nonetheless, Varda witnesses gleaning's modern curtailment by property owners' citing it as a violation of private property.
Another personal touch is Varda's emphasis on nineteenth-century French paintings that celebrate gleaning as a joyous activity: Jean-Francois Millet's Les Glaneuses, Jules Breton's La Glaneuse and Le Retour de Glaneuses, among others.
Ben is in remission from prostate cancer, and arthritis makes it hard for him to do the stooping, bending and kneeling involved in gleaning.
Their gleaning, combined with produce from their own meticulous garden, keeps food on their kitchen shelves.
Gleaning is the ancient practice of harvesting or gathering leftover produce from farmers' fields.