dig out

verb
dug out; digging out; digs out

Definition of dig out

transitive verb

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
Recent Examples on the Web Even those whose job is to conduct interviews to dig out hidden truths, such as police officers or intelligence agents, are no better than ordinary folk. The Economist, "You really can fool some of the people, all of the time," 2 Nov. 2019 One example can stand for much of the rest: After the cockpit voice recorder was dug out of the wreckage, it was shielded from the N.T.S.B. and whisked to Paris. New York Times, "What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?," 18 Sep. 2019 So for a heaping serving of nostalgia, dig out that old Mariah Carey CD, cue up a Lilith Fair playlist, or turn the dial to 90s on Nine, and get your groove on like your teenage self used to do. 26. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "This 30-Day Self-Care Challenge Will Help Busy Moms Slow Down," 11 Sep. 2019 So, while archaeologists dig out progressively older and more valuable specimens, the chances of preserving them is getting slimmer. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Climate change is bad for the planet, but groundbreaking for archaeology," 30 Aug. 2019 This past weekend members of the Webster Groves Firefighters Community Outreach spent their days off digging out and pouring a new sidewalk for the resident. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Firemen Spend Their Days Off Building Wheelchair-Bound Woman a Walkway After Seeing Her Struggle," 20 Aug. 2019 The walkway down to the lighthouse was dug out and replaced. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Point Reyes Lighthouse’s rebirth: Mystery solved, $5 million renovation done," 31 Aug. 2019 There was also time to dig out the other two members of the party, with the former Manchester United midfielder not holding back in his attack of the players. SI.com, "Roy Keane & Jon Walters Feud: What Led to the Latest Outburst From Former Ireland Coach," 5 Sep. 2019 Rescuers rushed to dig out victims, but a woman died at the scene and two more victims died at hospitals. Washington Post, "The Latest: Victims’ relatives had lived in town for years," 4 Aug. 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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14 Nov 2019

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“Dig out.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digs%20out. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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