single out

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single out (third-person singular simple present singles out, present participle singling out, simple past and past participle singled out)

  1. (transitive) To select one from a group and treat differently.
    • 2011 December 29, Keith Jackson, “SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0”, in Daily Record[1]:
      This time it was Celtic who were forced to hit on the break and when they did, they singled out Broadfoot.
    • 1974, Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:
      He singled out aspects of Quality such as unity, vividness, authority, economy, sensitivity, clarity, emphasis, flow, suspense, brilliance, precision, proportion, depth and so on; kept each of these as poorly defined as Quality itself, but demonstrated them by the same class reading techniques.


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