- To force people or animals to leave a place where they are hiding.
- The troops changed their tactics to try to flush out the guerrilla army.
- The dogs were sent into the woods to flush out the pheasants.
- To clean by forcing a lot of water, or other cleaning liquid, through a dirty container or conduit.
- The heavy rains last week have flushed out the drains, thereby eliminating the unpleasant smells that had developed over the summer.
- (finance) To eliminate other possible hostile bidders in a takeover attempt.
- Analysts said yesterday they expected the company's statement to flush out other would-be bidders.
Not to be confused with flesh out.