sift [sıft] v [T]
[: Old English; Origin: siftan]
1.) to put flour, sugar etc through a sieve or similar container in order to remove large pieces
2.) also sift through
to examine information, documents etc carefully in order to find something out or decide what is important and what is not
Police are sifting through the evidence in the hope of finding more clues.
sift out [sift sth<=>out] phr v
to separate something from other things
sift something<=>out from
It's hard to sift out the truth from the lies in this case.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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