winkle (someone or something) out of

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Definition of winkle (someone or something) out of

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

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“Winkle (someone or something) out of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winkle%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20out%20of. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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