root out

phrasal verb
rooted out; rooting out; roots out

Definition of root out

1 : to find and remove (something or someone) The mayor was determined to root out corruption in city government.
2 : to find (something or someone) after searching for a long time He finally rooted out the cause of the problem.

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“Root out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/root%20out. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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