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What does あらいだす mean? I have been hearing it from my colleague and based on his explanation it means to identify. For example identify the problem. I tried to search the net and it only results to "Washout" 洗い出して{あらいだして}. Does anyone know what this mean? if it really is identify.

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According to jisho.org 洗い出す means "to reveal by investigation". Hope this helps.

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From EDICT via Rikaichan:

洗い出す あらいだす (< -te)
洗いだす あらいだす (< -te)
(v5s,vt) to reveal something by washing the surface; to bring to light; to reveal by investigation

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