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  • v  move as if through a sieve
    The soldiers sifted through the woods
  • v  separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
    sift the flour
  • v  check and sort carefully
    sift the information
  • v  distinguish and separate out
    sift through the job candidates

  • Fashionistas with no time for real window-shopping can fire up their browser windows and sift through the racks at Net-a-Porter instead.
  • With preconceived notions about the outcome of an experiment, they generate reams of data from tests that are not rigidly controlled and then sift through the data to find .
  • Search continues to grow in importance as we sift through the mountain of information available to us.
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  • Shirley board seats administrator review committee
    SHIRLEY -- Selectmen Monday night appointed a five-member committee to sift through applications for the town administrator's position and recommend top candidates.
    June 22, 2013 - Lowell Sun
  • From art to sports, summer camps in full swing
        This week nearly 40 kids are flexing their creative muscles at art camp at VanGoghs Hideaway in Jasper. VanGoghs owner Kathe Hall, top left, is using the theme of recycled materials for projects children will create through the week. Here, art campers sift through aluminum cans, bottle tops and old keys that will become their very own works of art. VanGoghs is one of the many places in ...
    June 22, 2013 - Pickens County Progress
  • Stable Fire Kills 35 Show Horses At Rossville Farm
          Fire investigators sift through what is left of two large stables at Happy Valley Farms. Last night's fire too intense to save 35 valuable show horses.      "We saw flames jumping up and over the trees from the main highway out across the football field and the practice fields and then you could just here things exploding," said witness Hannah Williams.      "They always try to save any ...
    June 21, 2013 - WDEF Chattanooga

  • Stewart Gull in Times Online
    Our task is to sift through this vast volume of information, to prioritise our inquiries into these murders,Mr Gull said. "In each of the three murder inquiries we have a significant gap between when the women were last seen and the...
  • Rick Rashid in BusinessWeek
    Increasingly, scientists and researchers rely on computer science to enable them to sift through massive amounts of data and find breakthroughs that could provide new insights into the human body, the earth we live on and even the universe,...

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