single out


1. focus on a single person or thing within a group






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single someone out for praise/attention/criticism

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The phrasal verb ‘to single out’ something or someone means to focus on an object or a person as an individual within a given group. A teacher might ‘single out’ a student in order to receive the answer to a question for example or you might ‘single someone out’ for special treatment. This can be used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. The teacher would often single Mary out for extra attention because she struggled badly in class.
  2. As the best player on the team, the opposition singled me out as their biggest threat. It meant that I was fouled more than any of my teammates.
  3. All the projects were praised, but Alex's was singled out by the judges for its originality

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  1. I am not going to single out anyone in particular but there have been a few breaches in protocol that need to be addressed within this team.
  2. I was ready to admit to my mistake but I wasn't impressed that the team leader singled me out as an example to everyone else.

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