dig out

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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Del Gaizo scored when Oliver Chau dug out a loose puck behind Denver’s net and fed a pass into the left circle. John Wawrow, The Seattle Times, "Del Gaizo seals UMass’ 4-3 OT win over Denver," 12 Apr. 2019 Still, Oregon's deficit is large – about $22 billion – especially compared with the relatively small public payroll being taxed to dig out of the hole. Ted Sickinger, OregonLive.com, "National spotlight cast on PERS, Oregon's perennial public pension problem," 16 Apr. 2018 Scott Freeze, chief investment officer at Sabretooth Advisors, which has more than 4% of its portfolio invested in Nvidia, said he was encouraged by signs the company was starting to dig out of a hole. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Nvidia’s Revenue Sinks 24%, but Wall Street Feared Worse," 14 Feb. 2019 While Seattle continues to dig out of one of the heaviest snowfalls to hit the city in three decades, Sunday saw the arrival of the first of several storm systems moving in from the Pacific over the coming week. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "Fresh snow arrives in Seattle, closing region’s schools again," 11 Feb. 2019 The boy’s father dug out the maggots and used glue to close the wound, the paper reported, citing an affidavit. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Emaciated teen living in barn was 'within a week of death,' authorities say," 20 July 2018 The true tale of the glass-swallowing gentleman is one of dozens of bizarre cases that writer Thomas Morris dug out of medical literature for his new book, The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A history of body horrors from distended scrotums to exploding teeth," 6 Dec. 2018 If only a few in number, the weed can also be dug out wearing chemical resistant gloves or spot killed with a nonselective herbicide. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cooler weather leads to more hardy azaleas," 17 Mar. 2018 There’s no actual digging out of fossils, but visitors can help locate bones and take pictures. Jason Harper, Condé Nast Traveler, "On the Hunt for Dinosaur Bones in the Gobi Desert," 20 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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The first known use of dig out was in the 14th century

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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