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tease out

1. To separate something that has become entangled. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tease" and "out." My mother used a hairbrush to tease the knot out of my hair.
2. To gradually or incrementally extract or uncover a piece of information, as through careful analysis or probing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tease" and "out." I was able to tease out the meaning of the film only after watching it again for the fourth time. After a lot or probing and coaxing, we finally teased an answer out of the boss.
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tease someone about someone or something

to make fun of someone about someone or something; to poke fun at someone about someone or something. The boys teased Don about his girlfriend. Stop teasing me about it!
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tease someone into doing something

to force someone to do something through teasing or tormenting. Sam teased her into doing what he wanted. Perhaps you can tease him into leaving, but he won't go if you ask him.
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tease something out

Fig. to separate threads or hairs by combing. The hairdresser teased Jill's hair out carefully. The hairdresser teased out Jill's hair.
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tease something out of something

 and tease something out
to lure something out of something by teasing or tempting. I managed to tease the cat out of the tree with a bit offish. I teased out the cat.
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tease out

Lure out, obtain or extract with effort, as in We had a hard time teasing the wedding date out of him. This term alludes to the literal sense of tease, "untangle or release something with a pointed tool." [Mid-1900s]
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tease out

v.
To remove or obtain something by or as if by untangling or releasing with a pointed tool or device: I teased the knot out with a pair of tweezers. The interviewer teased the truth out of the politician.
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The strip tease certainly didn't offend Rosa, a barmaid at the Angel Plaz all-night bar, which hosted many of the England Under-21 lads in the wild early hours.
His basic quality is honesty, and even though he's a dreadful tease, he also makes jokes that point out his own weaknesses.
Donegan's tape has the tease level of a fan dance, where everything is suggested and nothing is revealed.
There's tease in the poetic language he uses to compare glowworms to "the stubs of the fattest most expensive cigars" or to record "the tea-time tinkle of all the surgical instruments on the trolley.
One of them started to tease me by leaving nasty statuses, which she tagged me in.
Women have called for stringent action and tough penalties against those who harass or tease women and girls.
If its affectionate, smile or tease back if you like the guns.
When Harriet Hummingbird's friends at Countryside Zoo feel depressed after a group of weasels tease them mercilessly, Harriet takes action.