winkle (someone or something) out of
Definition of winkle (someone or something) out of
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.
Word by Word Definitions
: some person : somebody
: some indeterminate or unspecified thing
: a person or thing of consequence
: one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different
: in some degree : somewhat
: used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective
: in a direction away from the inside or center
: from among others
: eject, oust
: to identify publicly as being such secretly
: to identify as being a closet homosexual
: used as a function word to indicate an outward movement
: situated outside : external
: situated at a distance : outlying
: 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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