dig out


Definition of dig out 

transitive verb

1 : find, unearth

2 : to make hollow by digging

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Examples of dig out in a Sentence

she dug her old art supplies out of the basement without saying where she was going, the young woman dug out early the next morning

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One finally said yes, and dug out a business card for the cabinetmaker, who had moved to Morgan Hill. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "A cabinetmaker, a dead bar owner, a lounge singer, an uncle and, finally, a dad," 15 June 2018 Crews have dug out sand, tree stumps, building debris and even massive historic mill stones from storm drains and culverts, county public works Director Jim Irvin said. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Ellicott City braces for more rain following Sunday's flood," 31 May 2018 Tomas Hertl dug out the puck on a cycle and fed Logan Couture between the dots for a one-timer over Fleury’s glove to level the score. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Sharks Break Through Against Vegas; Bruins Topple Lightning," 29 Apr. 2018 At one point, shovels were also needed to dig out the wheels, the 11-minute video shows. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "GPS seriously misleads trucker on NC coast. He nearly drove straight into the ocean.," 4 July 2018 Better yet, use a weeder to dig out weeds if that’s feasible. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Mow short, mulch, fertilize: Strategies for a good-looking lawn," 5 June 2018 At different islands in Hawaii, Pele used her stick to dig out fire pits, forging the archipelago’s magnificent volcanic craters. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Madame Pele, Hawaii’s Goddess of Volcanoes, Awes Those Living in Lava’s Path," 21 May 2018 Allegations of crime and corruption began surfacing as Puerto Rico started digging out from the storms, which destroyed the island’s power grid and displaced thousands of residents. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Justice Department Seeks Ouster of Top Puerto Rico Prosecutor," 16 May 2018 To remove iron from the subterranean realms was to tempt the spirit world, so the first miners conducted rituals to placate the higher powers before digging out the ore, according to the 1956 book The Forge and the Crucible. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of dig out

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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