- To root up; to tear up by the roots, or as if by the roots; to extirpate.
- (by extension) To remove from a familiar circumstance, especially suddenly and unwillingly.
- 1921, Ramsay MacDonald, Socialism: critical and constructive:
- The Anglification of Scotland has been proceeding apace to the damage of its education, its music, its literature, its genius, and the generation that is growing up under this influence is uprooted from its past, and, being deprived of the inspiration of its nationality, is also deprived of its communal sense.
- (figuratively) To destroy utterly; to eradicate, exterminate.
- Synonym: benothing
to pull up by the roots
extirpate — see extirpate
eradicate — see eradicate