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

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But Halep dug out the first set, and, as the second progressed, the points started to slip away from Gauff quickly. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Wimbledon 2019: The Moment When It Looked Like Coco Gauff Would Never Lose," 8 July 2019 The 14 fresh graves were dug out next to the resting places of some of the crewmembers of the Kursk submarine, which sank during naval maneuvers in 2000, killing all 118 seamen onboard in Russia's worst submarine disaster. Fox News, "Russian seamen who died in mysterious navy submarine accident are buried," 7 July 2019 Iguanas like to dig out nests in yards and next to seawalls, Portuallo says. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Iguanas are worse than ever and we’re spending big bucks to get rid of them," 21 June 2019 The White House tree was dug out after the ceremony in the lawn and moved into quarantine. Annalisa Merelli, Quartzy, "The oak sapling the French president gave to Trump is dead, like their friendship," 11 June 2019 Golden State, meanwhile, also dug out of its own 3-1 hole that same postseason during the Western Conference finals, coming back to beat Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder to advance to the 2016 NBA finals. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "NBA Finals live updates: Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors Game 5 score, how to watch," 10 June 2019 In the first half of Borussia Dortmund's game against Stuttgart, Pulisic attempted to dig out a cross into the box and ended up hitting the top left corner of the goal. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Watch: Christian Pulisic Cross Turns Into Ridiculous Goal vs. Stuttgart," 8 Apr. 2018 Michael Nyerges, Cincinnati Enquirer Five days after storm damage forced road closures across Northern Kentucky, work crews are still digging out. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "NKY road damage cleanup: No ETA for Ky. 9 landslide fix," 20 June 2019 But instead of a tiny hole for a screw or a nail, this digs out a perfectly round, perfectly flat-bottomed, perfectly plant-sized hole in the soil, with just the push of a button! Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "This Simple Tool Makes Planting a Garden So Much Easier," 3 May 2019

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First Known Use of dig out

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

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The first known use of dig out was in the 14th century

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