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English verb: comb out

1. comb out (possession) remove unwanted elements

SamplesThe company weeded out the incompetent people.
The new law weeds out the old inequities.

Synonymsweed out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)get rid of, remove

2. comb out (body) smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb

SamplesComb your hair before dinner.
Comb the wool.

ExamplesThey comb out their hair

Synonymscomb, disentangle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)groom, neaten

Narrower (hyponym)fluff, sleek down, slick, slick down, tease

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