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weed out

Meaning: to find and remove people or things that are not needed or wanted

For example:

  • weed out The new Prime Minister has promised to weed out all the members of the public service who have become lazy or corrupt over the years.

  • weed out One of the results of the economic slowdown was that it gave companies an excuse to weed out some of their overpaid executives.

Quick Quiz:

Many players have been worried about their place in the squad since the coach said he was going to weed out those who
  1. played really well
  2. didn't waste time
  3. didn't work hard

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