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root out

Meaning: to uncover and punish criminals, especially those abusing positions of trust or authority

Synonym: get rid of, eradicate

For example:

  • root out sb The president has promised to root out corrupt politicians and send them to jail.

  • root sb out The bank's investigation team targeted several workers suspected of stealing money, and it succeeded in rooting them out.

Quick Quiz:

The police commissioner has vowed to root out
  1. criminal plants
  2. bribe-taking officers
  3. overweight policemen

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