sort out

Definitions

  • We Were All out of Sorts--4-63-524
    We Were All out of Sorts--4-63-524
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sort out make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear "Could you clarify these remarks?","Clear up the question of who is at fault"
    • v sort out arrange or order by classes or categories "How would you classify these pottery shards--are they prehistoric?"
    • v sort out punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience "The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently"
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “His life was a sort of dream, as are most lives with the mainspring left out.”
  • Thomas Hardy
    Thomas%20Hardy
    “Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.”

Idioms

Out of sorts - If you are feeling a bit upset and depressed, you are out of sorts.
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Usage

In literature:

They want sorting out.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
The Chi Yis were trying to sort out the Smiths, too.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
The mean sort'd pick out some harmless, helpless party, and stomp up and down, r'arin' and cussin' till they got up a big mad.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
These are tanned and sorted out in the beamhouse when wet.
"The Story of Leather" by Sara Ware Bassett
Then began a general sorting out, lasting for several minutes.
"Dave Porter and His Rivals" by Edward Stratemeyer
He seemed to be wanting to find out who we were and what sort of an outfit we had, without being seen by us.
"Far Past the Frontier" by James A. Braden
That's how I come to sort o' set up in business out here.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
I thought it was a wet cloak, something of that sort, left out in the rain.
"No Clue" by James Hay
Of course, they will get themselves out of sight, and the Dragon will remain as a sort of human scarecrow.
"The Dragon of Wantley" by Owen Wister
You cannot go out with him anywheres, without having some sort of a circus; I defy you to.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
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In poetry:

For thirty years this curious pair
Hung out in Canonbury Square,
And somehow, wonderful to say,
They loved each other dearly in a quiet sort of way.
"Thomson Green and Harriet Hale" by William Schwenck Gilbert
They splashed and cut all sorts of capers
Not taking much notice of tide
Till the King, who were getting a thirst on
Commenced out of water to stride
"King John" by Stanley Holloway
It ain't no use to grumble and complain;
It's jest as cheap and easy to rejoice:
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain,
W'y, rain's my choice.
"Wet Weather Talk" by James Whitcomb Riley
"Grim curses out of Peter and of Paul;
Judging of strange sins in Leviticus;
Another sort of writing on the wall,
Scored deep across the painted heads of us.
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
"It's not too good to find," they said, "it sort o' twists along,
But keep on keepin' straight ahead and then you won't go wrong."
And every man drew out a plan with all the filigrees
Of track and lane to try explain that road to Danahy's.
"The Road to Danahey's" by John O Brien
I was feelin' fine this mornin' when I started out to work;
An' I caught myself high-steppin' with a boastful sort of jerk;
With my head a trifle higher an' my eye a little stern.
I thought the world was mine for keeps; but I'd a lot to learn.
"The Vision" by C J Dennis

In news:

Here is how to sort out offerings from EMC, Cisco, IBM, Google and Amazon.
I remember Bryant Gumbel, who still worked for CBS at the time, bringing the first images, trying to sort out what had happened.
After all, who wants to spend time sorting out order errors or questionable material availability when you'd much rather be trying a new glaze recipe.
Sorting out the sales pitch .
Check out the website for additional information including videos on how effective Sort Shots is for sorting and sharing your photos.
How to sort out Social Security's finances while making it more generous.
Sort Out Your Mobile Content Resources.
Reserve liaison officers sort out Sandy relief.
Sort out the Best Methods for Foreign Object Detection.
I'm "Confident" Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Will " Sort Out " American Idol Feud.
Sort out single-stream recycling.
Mediator to sort out UPMC-West Penn dispute.
W-B mayor: Demolish Sterling now, sort out 'legal issues' later.
No rush to sort out future.
UNLV target Shaqquan Aaron trying to sort out his options and have fun on the trail.
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In science:

That theory has a large number of local degrees of freedom, and even at the classical level the sorting out of gauge and physical degrees of freedom is a difficult job that has only just been started.
Towards a background independent approach to M theory
Improved ground-based imaging or HST observations will be required to clearly sort out the optical properties of this system.
CLASS B1152+199 and B1359+154: Two New Gravitational Lens Systems Discovered in the Cosmic Lens All-Sky Survey
Although this sorting out of sample chains may lead to a systematic underestimate on the average values, we believe that we can correct it by carefully checking the m-dependence of the data.
Numerical renormalization-group study of spin correlations in one-dimensional random spin chains
We next sort out which values of (a, b) in the region specified by Proposition 3.2 give rise to reduced states of G, that is, to states whose associated unitary representation is weakly contained in the regular representation.
Pure eigenstates for the sum of generators of the free group
Therefore very complete and accurate data are needed to sort them out, but much progress should become possible with planned future instruments capable of gathering such data.
Summary: Modes of Star Formation
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