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to sue out
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sue \Sue\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sued; p. pr. & vb. n. Suing.] [OE. suen, sewen, siwen, OF. sivre (pres.ind. 3d sing. il siut, suit, he follows, nous sevons we follow), LL. sequere, for L. sequi, secutus; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. sac to accompany, and probably to E. see, v.t. See See, v. t., and cf. Consequence, Ensue, Execute, Obsequious, Pursue, Second, Sect in religion, Sequence, Suit.] 1. To follow up; to chase; to seek after; to endeavor to win; to woo. [1913 Webster] For yet there was no man that haddle him sued. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] I was beloved of many a gentle knight, And sued and sought with all the service due. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Sue me, and woo me, and flatter me. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) (a) To seek justice or right from, by legal process; to institute process in law against; to bring an action against; to prosecute judicially. (b) To proceed with, as an action, and follow it up to its proper termination; to gain by legal process. [1913 Webster] 3. (Falconry) To clean, as the beak; -- said of a hawk. [1913 Webster] 4. (Naut.) To leave high and dry on shore; as, to sue a ship. --R. H. Dana, Jr. [1913 Webster] To sue out (Law), to petition for and take out, or to apply for and obtain; as, to sue out a writ in chancery; to sue out a pardon for a criminal. [1913 Webster]