weed out

phrasal verb

weeded out; weeding out; weeds out
: to remove (people or things that are not wanted) from a group
They will review the applications to weed out the less qualified candidates.

Examples of weed out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, days after a gunman killed 26 people and injured 22 others at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Cornyn and Murphy went to work on a law to improve the national database used to weed out felons and other ineligible buyers. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 16 June 2023 Finally weed out that frenemy who is forever making side comments about your clothes? Korin Miller, Women's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 Conspiracy theorists on varying platforms claim the fires, which killed at least 114 people earlier this month, were planned as part of a strategic effort to weed out less wealthy residents on Maui and make room for multi-million dollar developments. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 26 Aug. 2023 Since then, Snow has issued two more orders with additional mandates to reform the Sheriff's Office to weed out racial profiling, although ongoing traffic stop surveys continue to show racial disparities. Jimmy Jenkins, The Arizona Republic, 2 Aug. 2023 But having these conversations weeds out people who probably won’t be well-suited for you, Lynch said. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2023 The screening questions are meant to weed out potential donors who might have very recently contracted any of these viruses and whose blood might therefore test false negative. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 7 Aug. 2023 The company explained its Verified Fan registration process, which is intended to help manage high-demand sales and weed out bots, and noted that more than 3.5 million people pre-registered for the TaylorSwiftTix Presale powered by Verified Fan, which was its largest registration in history. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 29 July 2023 But to improve those responses so they can be reliably delivered again and again, tech companies rely on actual people who review the answers, provide feedback on mistakes and weed out any inklings of bias. Davey Alba, Anchorage Daily News, 17 July 2023 See More

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“Weed out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weed%20out. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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