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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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 There have been several efforts to study the safety of digging out the ore, but lawmakers have kept the ban in place for more than 30 years. Washington Post, "U.S. high court to take up issue of whether Virginia can ban a uranium mine," 21 May 2018 Doctors would not sterilize tools and often poked their dirty fingers into bullet wound and skull fractures to dig out lead and bone fragments. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Inca Skull Surgeons Had Better Success Rates Than American Civil War Doctors," 14 June 2018 Providence’s only run came home on a low throw to first that was nicely dug out of the dirt by Hannah Theobald. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Sophomore pitcher Emilee Erickson handcuffs Providence to lift Kaneland to state championship game," 9 June 2018 Outlook: Ole Miss is going to need time to fully dig out of the ruins of NCAA sanctions. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ole Miss rebuilding after NCAA sanctions, Rebels are No. 57 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 1 July 2018 The small blackheads that have appeared on my cheekbones since going on birth control turn into craters, waiting to be dug out. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "My Acne-Picking Habit Has Changed Me in Unexpected Ways," 25 June 2018 Neither is fan support, with the exception of the Marlins, who are trying to dig out from under years of fan-alienating dysfunction under former owner Jeffrey Loria. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Flip the narrative on Miami as a sports town. Here's why we're great and getting better," 25 June 2018 From the classroom to the field, women are still trying to dig out from the attitude that paleontology is a boys’ club. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "The Many Ways Women Get Left Out of Paleontology," 8 June 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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