starve out(redirected from starve them out)
To deprive someone or something of food in order to force them to submit or surrender. A noun or pronoun can be used between "starve" and "out." The terrorists have indicated that they will not leave the building peacefully, so police are planning to simply starve them out. The empire's army began starving the rebel city out with a siege that lasted nearly eleven months.
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*out (in blossom)and *out (in bloom)
[of a plant or tree] blooming; [of flowers] open in blooms. (*Typically: be ~; come ~.) All the trees were out in blossom. The daffodils won't be out until next week.
*out(from under someone or something)
1. Lit. out from beneath someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; crawl ~; creep ~; move ~.) Will you please get out from under my bed? The dog got out from under her just before she sat down.
2. Fig. free of someone's control or the burden of a problem. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; crawl ~; move ~.) Mary wanted to get out from under her mother. There is so much work to do! I don't know when I'll ever get out from under it.
1. gone; having left some place; absent froma place; escaped. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) The monkey is out of its cage. Sam is out of the building at present.
2. having no more of something. (*Typically: be ~; run ~.) Sorry, we are fresh out of cucumbers. We ran out of catsup and mustard halfway through the picnic.
3. free of the responsibility of doing something. (*Typically: get ~.) Are you trying to get out of this job? You agreed to do it, and you can't get out of it!
an excuse; means of avoiding something. (*Typically: have ~; give someone ~.) He's very clever. No matter what happens, he always has an out.
out (on strike)
to be away from one's job in a strike or protest. The workers went out on strike. We can't do anything while the workers are out.
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To force someone or something to surrender by depriving them of food, as in a siege: The police starved out the criminals, who had refused to leave their apartment. If they refuse to surrender the garrison, we'll just starve them out.
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1. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. (Probably from far out.) Those guys are really out!
2. mod. out of fashion. (The opposite of in.) That kind of clothing is strictly out.
3. tv. to make someone’s homosexuality public. (Can be reflexive.) He outed himself at the party last Friday.
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