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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