winkle (someone or something) out of

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of winkle (someone or something) out of

British
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

winkle play
  1. : periwinkle:2

  1. : twinkle

  1. : to displace, remove, or evict from a position

  2. : to obtain or draw out by effort

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

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

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

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

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

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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