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Topic: AGRICULTURE

Language: Old English
Origin: windwian

winnow

verb
     
win‧now also winnow down
TA [transitive] to make a list, group, or quantity smaller by getting rid of the things that you do not need or want [= whittle down]:
We need to winnow the list of candidates to three.

winnow somebody/something ↔ out

phrasal verb
to get rid of the things or people that you do not need or want from a group
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