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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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 One finally said yes, and dug out a business card for the cabinetmaker, who had moved to Morgan Hill. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "A cabinetmaker, a dead bar owner, a lounge singer, an uncle and, finally, a dad," 15 June 2018 Crews have dug out sand, tree stumps, building debris and even massive historic mill stones from storm drains and culverts, county public works Director Jim Irvin said. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Ellicott City braces for more rain following Sunday's flood," 31 May 2018 Tomas Hertl dug out the puck on a cycle and fed Logan Couture between the dots for a one-timer over Fleury’s glove to level the score. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Sharks Break Through Against Vegas; Bruins Topple Lightning," 29 Apr. 2018 At one point, shovels were also needed to dig out the wheels, the 11-minute video shows. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "GPS seriously misleads trucker on NC coast. He nearly drove straight into the ocean.," 4 July 2018 Better yet, use a weeder to dig out weeds if that’s feasible. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Mow short, mulch, fertilize: Strategies for a good-looking lawn," 5 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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The first known use of dig out was in the 14th century

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