sift [ sıft ] verb transitive
1. ) to pour a dry substance through a sieve to remove the large pieces
2. ) sift or sift through to examine information, documents, etc. in order to find what you are looking for:
Sift every grain of information until you find the answer.
a ) to look in a pile of things in order to find a particular thing:
Bomb experts continue to sift the blast site.
,sift `out phrasal verb transitive
to remove one part of something:
We get a different impression of the economy if we sift out the figures for imports.
`sift ,through phrasal verb transitive
same as SIFT 2:
He spent hours sifting through all the documents relating to the case.
They sifted through the rubble, searching for signs of life.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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