I read the sentence: "China's Government Is Like Something Out of '1984'."

From [https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/02/20/chinas_government_is_like_something_out_of_1984_142444.html][1]

What's the meaning of "Something Out of"? Is this means "beyond 1984?"

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    It means something that would be reasonable to find in the novel 1984, George Orwell's novel about a totalitarian regime of the future. (The book was written in 1948.) So it means that China's government acts like a totalitarian government that employs total surveillance to enforce absolute obedience to its demands, no matter how absurd, arbitrary, and contradictory.
    – user105719
    Feb 22, 2020 at 3:56

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According to OALD, one of the meanings of "out of sth/sb" is "used to show that sth comes from or is obtained from sth/sb",like:

We'll get the truth out of her.

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