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Grammar Repair Shop: Flesh it or flush it?

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What’s the difference between flesh out and flush out?

To “flesh out” an idea is to give it substance, as a painter might start with simple lines, then fill it out with more detail.

To “flush out” a criminal is to drive him or her out into the open. The latter term is derived from bird-hunting, in which one flushes out a covey of quail.

Bottom line: If you’re trying to develop something further, use “flesh.” But if you’re trying to reveal something that

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