winkle (someone or something) out of

Definition of winkle (someone or something) out of

British

  1. 1 :  to use a lot of effort to get (information) from (someone) They winkled a confession out of him.

  2. 2 :  to remove (someone or something) from (a place or position) by using a lot of effort They were winkled out of their hiding places.

Word by Word Definitions

winkleplay
  1. :  periwinkle

  1. :  twinkle

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball


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