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sift (something) from (something else)

1. Literally, to use a sieve or a similar tool or method to remove small things from a larger substance. Be sure to use a sieve to sift any lumps from the sugar before you add it to the mixture. People used to sift flecks of gold from the soil in this river way back in the late 1800s.
2. To isolate and remove something from some larger thing or group after or with careful examination. We have a very rigorous application process to sift unsuitable candidates from those we would like to have on our team.
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sift (something) out of (something else)

1. Literally, to use a sieve or a similar tool or method to remove small things from a larger substance. Be sure to use a sieve to sift any lumps out of the sugar before you add it to the mixture. People used to sift flecks of gold out of the soil in this river way back in the late 1800s.
2. To isolate and remove something from some larger thing or group after or by careful examination. We have a very rigorous application process to sift unsuitable candidates out of the pool of applicants. The therapy is intended to help patients sift persistent negative or anxious thoughts out of their daily consciousness.
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sift out

1. Literally, to use a sieve or a similar tool or method to remove small things from a larger substance. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sift" and "out." Be sure to use a sieve to sift out any lumps from the sugar before you add it to the mixture. People used to sift flecks of gold out of the soil in this river back in the late 1800s.
2. To isolate and remove something from some larger thing or group after or with careful examination. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sift" and "out." We have a very rigorous vetting process to sift unsuitable candidates out of the application pool. Our telephone operators are under huge pressure on a daily basis to sift out prank calls from legitimate ones.
See also: out, sift

sift through

1. Literally, to put some substance through a sieve or a similar tool in order to remove smaller particles or things. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sift" and "through." Be sure to sift the sugar through a sieve to get rid of any lumps before adding it to the mixture.
2. To conduct a careful examination of some substance or group in order to isolate or remove something. We're spending the weekend sifting through all the applicants to determine a short list we can bring in for interviews. Our telephone operators have to sift through a huge volume of calls determining which are pranks and which are legitimate. He's sifting through the sand trying to find his lost ring.
See also: sift, through

sift something from something

to remove something from something by sifting. Fran sifted all the impurities from the flour before using it. Timmy sifted all the leaves from the sand in his sandbox.
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sift something out of something

 and sift something out
to get rid of something in something else by sifting. Dan sifted the impurities out of the flour. Walter sifted out the foreign matter.
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sift something through something

to make something pass through something such as a sieve. she sifted the powdered sugar through a strainer. Please sift the soil through this screen and watch for bits of pottery.
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sift through something

to examine all parts of something. The fire inspector sifted through the rubble, looking for clues to the start of the fire. We sifted through all the papers in the old trunk, but we did not find what we were looking for.
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sift out

v.
To separate some class, kind, or size from others with or as if with a sieve: The jeweler sifted out the larger gems. An insurance investigator sifts the honest claims out from the false ones.
See also: out, sift

sift through

v.
To search through some container or collection: I sifted through the laundry pile to find a pair of socks.
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To make your own almond paste, mix the ground almonds in a bowl with sifted icing sugar; add the liquid little by little and mix well until you have a pliable dough that isn't too sticky to roll out.
4 Beat in the sifted flour and orange zest, and then slacken the mixture a little with the milk.
Then place the other cake on top, press it gently so the filling oozes out a little at the edges and dust the surface of the cake with sifted icing sugar just before serving.
CLOWN INGRED 50g butter, softened 11/21/2cups (300g) white sugar 2eggs 3/4t3/4 teaspoon vanilla essence 1up milk 1/2c1 1/2cups (200g) self raising flour, sifted Icing sugar (use about two cups/260g) Decorations 1/2c1/2 ircular cereal like Cheerios or Froot Loops 16 mini Skittles or Smarties 16 sour worms Icing pen or writing icing METHOD: PRE?HEAT cupcake papers into cupcake tin/s.
Ingredients: 150g/5oz best-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids); 150g/5oz butter; 1tsp pure vanilla extract; 150ml/ 1/4 pint warm water; 110g/4oz caster sugar; 4 eggs, preferably free-range, separated; 25g/1oz rice flour, sifted; 1tsp baking powder; icing sugar, for dusting; 1.2 litre/2 pint pie dish or individual ramekins, well greased with butter
Major Iain Dalzel-Job, 60, of the Scots Guards Association, and a team of volunteers sifted through 650 parcels to remove each cracker's fuse.
150g/5oz mixed red berry fruits, defrosted if frozen, plus extra to serve sifted icing sugar, for dusting
CLOWN CUPCAKES (Makes 15) INGREDIENTS: 50g butter, softened 11/21/2cups (300g) white sugar 2eggs 3/4t3/4 teaspoon vanilla essence 1up milk 1/2c1 1/2cups (200g) self raising flour, sifted Icing sugar (use about two cups/260g) Decorations 1/2c1/2 ircular cereal like Cheerios or Froot Loops 16 mini Skittles or Smarties 16 sour worms Icing pen or writing icing INGRED 50g butter, softened 11/21/2cups (300g) white sugar 2eggs 3/4t3/4 teaspoon vanilla essence 1up milk 1/2c1 1/2cups (200g) self raising flour, sifted Icing sugar (use about two cups/260g) Decorations 1/2c1/2 ircular cereal like Cheerios or Froot Loops 16 mini Skittles or Smarties 16 sour worms Icing pen or writing icing METHOD: PRE.HEAT cupcake papers into cupcake tin/s.
Ingredients 150g softened butter 150g caster sugar 1 ' tsp vanilla extract 3 medium eggs, beaten 150g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 50g Green & Black's Organic Cocoa Powder To decorate 50g butter or margarine 2 tbsp milk 250g icing sugar, sifted 500g pack Super Cook Ready-to-Roll Coloured Icing 75g pack Super Cook Writing Icing Method Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4.
Ingredients: 225g honey; 6 eggs, separated; 110gplain flour, sifted; 110gground hazelnuts; 100ml fl oz milk
"At the chief executive's request their contents have been sifted and any important council documents retained.
Council officials sealed off the stone-lined well in Abbey Fields, on the slope below Castle Hill, while a team of Warwick University students working on the abbey site nearby, cleaned and sifted through the spoil heap while archaeologist Dr Stephen Hill dug down to nearly four metres of the shaft.
Makes: 12 Ingredients 2 large eggs 175g golden caster sugar 150ml sunflower oil 200g self- raising flour, sifted 3 tsp mixed spice 2 medium carrots, coarsely grated 1 tsp vanilla extract Finely- grated zest of 2 oranges 1 ' x 200g tubs light soft cheese 50g golden icing sugar, sifted Method Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4.
For the icing: 75g butter' 3 tbsp milk' 2 tbspcocoapowder' 300g icing sugar, sifted.
Ingredients: 250g dark chocolate' 6 eggs' 150g caster sugar' 40g plain flour, sifted' 125g butter + 30g for the mould' 120g candied orange peel' 40g Cointreau (4cl)