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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theysift through
he/she/itsifts through
present participlesifting through
past tensesifted through
past participlesifted through

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  1. same as sift (sense 2)
    He spent hours sifting through all the documents relating to the case.
    They sifted through the rubble, searching for signs of life.
See also main entry: sift

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