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Cleaning a cute rodent, or its inhabitation.
Overgrilled meat, or Justice Hugo's plantation.
Keeps us upright, or our prickly evergreenery.
Escape World War II, or blood thirsty insects' shady tree.

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  • $\begingroup$ With the red herring of COKE as the first letters of each line... $\endgroup$ – ben-Nabiy Derush Jun 12 '17 at 20:17
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I think the trick is

for each line, the first half gives a two-word phrase where the second word starts with "s". For the second half, move the "s" to the end of the first word to give a new two-word phrase where the second word is a type of tree (hence, "lost in the woods").

However, I'm missing

the trick to find the first words; e.g. I don't know how to pick a rodent for the first line.

The lines:

Cleaning a cute rodent, or its inhabitation.

squirrel soak -> squirrel's oak

Overgrilled meat, or Justice Hugo's plantation.

Black steak -> Black's teak

Keeps us upright, or our prickly evergreenery.

Human spines -> Human's pines

Escape World War II, or blood thirsty insects' shady tree.

Flee Selm -> Flea's elm

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  • $\begingroup$ First is an animal that eats and bury's the tree's fruits. $\endgroup$ – Mordechai Jun 12 '17 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ Third is just a general (or loosely - medical) term. Note the "our" in the second part, which generally refers to us as a creation. $\endgroup$ – Mordechai Jun 12 '17 at 19:06

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