winkle out

Definition of winkle out

British
:to use a lot of effort to get (information) from a person
  • It was hard to winkle out the facts.

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

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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