dig out


dug out; digging out; digs out

transitive verb

: to make hollow by digging

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 The first group of graves is covered with a layer of sand, which was likely soil dug out to construct the building from 1634, dating the burials to before the fortification. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 Saving for eventually leaving the workforce while paying regular bills marred by inflation and digging out of the negatives becomes an even more trying feat. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Using those for propagation is gentler than digging out the entire clump and dividing it. Nadia Hassani, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2024 With their team struggling to solve the Trojans’ zone, Williams and Mara helped the Bruins (9-11 overall, 4-5 Pac-12) dig out of a seven-point hole late in the first half. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Boise State has won nine games by single digits this season, but the Broncos found themselves in a hole too deep to dig out of in overtime Saturday against No. 18 Utah State. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 28 Jan. 2024 Or in the case of last year, instruction got canceled on Friday to give families time to dig out from the storm. Alex Derosier, Twin Cities, 24 Jan. 2024 As a popular Tahoe ski resort digs out from a tragedy that killed a skier and buried several others, scientists say predicting how the warming planet will affect avalanches is elusive at best. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 12 Jan. 2024 The wild weather came as portions of the Northeast were still digging out from a nor’easter that dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas over the weekend. Kathy McCormack, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Dig out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dig%20out. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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