Posted by Bookworm on June 04, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Flushed Out posted by TheFallen on June 04, 2003
: : :
: : : Need help again.
: : : We should wait until this thing is more
: : : fully flushed out. Then, we will see what
: : : we should do next.
: : : what does "more fully flushed out" mean here?
: : : Thanks!
: : Could it be "fleshed out"?
: I don't think so. The following from the American Heritage Dictionary:
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: TRANSITIVE VERB:
: 1. To frighten (a game bird, for example) from cover.
: 2. To drive or force into the open: The police fired tear gas to flush out the terrorists.
: INTRANSITIVE VERB:
: 1. To dart out or fly from cover.
: 1. A bird or flock of birds that has been frightened from cover.
: ETYMOLOGY: Middle English flusshen.
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: To flush something out is to expose it, or to reveal its true
nature and/or purpose.
Perhaps an argument may be made for "fleshed out" as well:
Main Entry: flesh out
Function: transitive verb
: to make fuller or more nearly complete
- fleshed-out adjective
The speaker could be advising to wait for a situation to unfold a little further (i.e. near completion) before acting.