tease


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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 (one) about (someone or something)

To taunt, gibe, or mock one in a lighthearted, playful, or annoying manner about someone or something. My friends keep teasing me about my crush on Susie Perkins. We kept teasing Sarah about her new boyfriend.
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tease (one) into (doing something)

To provoke or incite one to do something by mocking, gibing, or making fun of them. My friends teased me into joining the football team, saying I was a sissy if I didn't. I kind of liked my mullet, but everyone at work teased me into getting it cut.
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tease (one) with (something)

1. To tantalize or torment one with something they cannot or should not have. I'm trying to stick to my diet, but my roommate keeps teasing me with all the cakes and cookies she likes to bake. I loved teasing my friends with pictures of sunny beaches while I was on vacation in the Bahamas.
2. To arouse one sexually with something, especially with no intention of engaging in sexual activity with one. I've just never understood the appeal of strip clubs. You pay to go watch women tease you with their naked bodies and erotic dances, and then you just leave more sexually frustrated than when you arrived. She kept lifting up her skirt to tease me with glimpses of her thighs.
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tease out of (someone or something)

1. To separate something that has become entangled with something else. A noun or pronoun is 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 from someone or something, as through careful analysis or probing. A noun or pronoun is used between "tease" and "out." I was only able to tease the meaning out of the film after watching it again for a fourth time. After a lot or probing and coaxing, we finally teased an answer out of the boss.
3. To lure, entice, or tempt someone or an animal out of something or some place. A noun or pronoun is used between "tease" and "out." The smell of freshly baked muffins teased me out of bed the next morning. The zoo keepers used slabs of meat to tease the tiger out of its cage so the people could see it.
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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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Weight-specific self-consciousness may promote a heightened negative emotional response to a weight tease because of society's "obsession" with the topic of body weight, with magazines (e.g., Shape Magazine) and television shows (e.g., The Biggest Loser) highlighting the stigmatization and self-conscious struggles of those who are overweight.
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As long as there are actors and cheap real estate, there will be "Streep Tease."
Less frequent responses included teasing was funny; due to my friends; teaser had problems at home and took them out on me; teaser liked me; teaser felt peer pressure to tease me; teaser did not like me; and teaser was judgmental (see Table 4).
My advice: Be clever but honest with the viewer, and make sure the story itself is longer than the tease.
Tease is highly regarded by the trainer, who said recently: 'When she gets into her running, she gets low - and flies.'
Several times during the year I ask test essay questions such as, "What should you do when someone teases you and hurts your feelings?" These questions allow me to evaluate each student's understanding about the rule, while also allowing me to reinforce it.
Instead of scaring the audience with a tease asking if a smallpox epidemic is likely, the reasonable change would be to sum up the story in clear terms: "A smallpox epidemic is (likely, not likely, or a possibility) at this time." If there's a story on how safe the American food supply is, a proper tease would sum up whether experts think terrorists will attack the food supply in the near future.
When using the high-powered tease, consider taking the most powerful or emotional-sounding words and blowing them up to be huge compared to the rest of the copy.
Don't be upset they tease you Just stand tall and say, "If you were me, think how you would feel," or "I just need more time than you."
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And then they delighted locals with an impromptu strip tease - just hours before England's memorable World Cup qualifying draw in Rome on October 11.
He is an outrageous tease, and one never knows where he is going to strike next with his devastating barbs.
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." There's tease when Denton tries to figure what's what in the world.