take out the trash

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take out the trash (third-person singular simple present takes out the trash, present participle taking out the trash, simple past took out the trash, past participle taken out the trash)

  1. Often used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see take out,‎ trash.
  2. (idiomatic) To forcefully remove undesirable people from a place.
  3. (idiomatic) To announce something, hoping it will not get much publicity, at a time when it is not likely to be noticed by the news media, for instance on election day or late on Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend.