root out

Definitions of root out
1

v destroy completely, as if down to the roots

“"the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted" " root out corruption”
Synonyms:
eradicate, exterminate, extirpate, uproot
Type of:
destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

v pull up by or as if by the roots

Synonyms:
deracinate, extirpate, uproot
Types:
stub
pull up (weeds) by their roots
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

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