I have read this, and I read "and stamping out an epidemic that has killed more than 1,000 people and infected more than 40,000."

So, from Cambridge Dictionary I get:

stamp something out

— phrasal verb

to stop or destroy something:


After read the definition the text makes sense to me which is perfect but... if I isolate those words and look for "stamp" and "out" the text above does not make sense to me. So, I conclude that a phrasal verb is not linked with their isolated words. How is it possible? (I do not if I am right or not).

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    This sense of stamp out is perhaps not entirely unrelated to their individual literal meanings. You can quite literally stamp out a fire. Generally, though, yes English phrasal verbs are semantic units [which] cannot be understood based upon the meanings of the individual parts but must be taken as a whole. In other words, the meaning is non-compositional and thus unpredictable (from Wikipedia). – stevekeiretsu Feb 11 at 23:54

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