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root something out

Definition of root something out in English:

1 (also root something up) Dig or pull up a plant by the roots: they are rooting up hawthorn bushes they make a mess, root up plants and flowers
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  • He was told to root the plants out immediately.
  • If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day… fifty the day after that… and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions.
uproot, tear something up by the roots, pull something up, grub something out
1.1Find and get rid of someone or something pernicious or dangerous: a campaign to root out corruption
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  • We will either root it out and extinguish it wherever it may hide, or it will find us and strip us of our safety, happiness and everything we cherish.
  • Basically, the government should get tougher with those who send such e-mails for their own profits and a national campaign should be launched until the evil practice is rooted out.
  • But the breadth of corruption makes the challenge of rooting it out more difficult.
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