dig out

verb
dug out; digging out; digs 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
Recent Examples on the Web Their defense had already dug them a hole too large to dig out of. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Angels commit four errors in sloppy loss to Rays," 5 May 2021 Time to fire up the computer, dig out the Big Chief tablet or write your true fish story on a napkin and enter it in the contest. Flip Putthoff, Arkansas Online, "Prizes 'a plenty in fish story contest," 20 Apr. 2021 Do not dig out those high heels that make simply walking through the world so precarious, or the Spanx and control-top pantyhose that crush our stomachs at the expense of our comfort. Kara Alaimo, CNN, "These are the jeans women REALLY need," 20 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately for Gonzaga, there might not be a team in the country harder to dig out of a hole against than Baylor. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "How Baylor took apart previously perfect Gonzaga in NCAA championship game," 6 Apr. 2021 But that came on top of progress from Friday, when canal officials said dredgers had managed to dig out the stern of the ship, freeing its rudder. BostonGlobe.com, "Salvage crews free giant container ship in Suez Canal after days of struggle," 29 Mar. 2021 Milwaukee Bucks beat reporter Jim Owczarski offers his impressions of a team looking to dig out of a mini-slump and how the situation shapes up in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Point Forward Podcast: Jeff Teague joins the fold and early impressions from out west," 2 Apr. 2021 So, Cronenworth understands grinding and scuffling and sticking with a plan to dig out of baseball’s equivalent of the Mariana Trench. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Fighting through massive slump offers window into Padres’ Jake Cronenworth," 4 Mar. 2021 The city then wants to dig out the site of the house, refill it and clean up the area. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "South Jordan says alleged bomb-maker’s house is a ‘literal minefield,’ calls for it to be demolished," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of dig out

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

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10 May 2021

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“Dig out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dig%20out. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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