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    Take Out

    I agree with the usage of the phrase "take out" in:

    1. "take out a loan"
    2. "take out an ad"
    3. "take out an arrest warrant"

    But then, I found this on the web:

    4. "take out a police report"

    which I disagree with. A loan, ad, and arrest warrant all have an effect (burrowing money, advertising a product, getting authorization for arrest) . But a police report doesn't have an effect; it is just a list of "facts". But if sentence 4 is allowed, then could I write this:

    5. "take out a blood analysis report"

    after my blood is drawn in doctor's visit?
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    Re: Take Out

    I agree that "take out" sounds wrong for 4. But I don't like you reasoning much; a person who "takes out a police report" could reasonably expect some action to follow. If your understanding of "take out" were right, then "to take out a blood analysis" would make sense, but not "to take out a blood analysis report."
    Where did you see "take out a police report"?

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    Re: Take Out

    "Take out a police report" doesn't work for me. It is possible to "make out" a police report, "fill out a police report" or "file a police report". I think the last is the most common. For "blood analysis report", I suggest "request" or "obtain".

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