dredge up

phrasal verb

dredged up; dredging up; dredges up
: to start talking or thinking again about (something unpleasant that happened a long time ago)
Reporters dredged up the fact that the senator avoided the military draft.
She didn't like to dredge up bad memories.

Examples of dredge up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Obsessed with Meena’s story, and unaware of the creature that follows her, Sana digs into the past like fingers into a wound, awakening the memories of the house itself—and dredging up old and terrible secrets that will change the lives of everyone living and dead at Akbar Manzil. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 1 May 2024 Read the full Aries Daily Horoscope Taurus (April 20 - May 20) The moon’s alignment with Chiron dredges up insecurities today, forcing you to confront pain buried deep in your subconscious. USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2024 Officials said some of the debris will likely be dredged up with bucket scoops. Leslie Shapiro, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 Security Minister Patricia Bullrich has floated the idea of deploying the army to fight spiraling drug violence, a previously taboo topic that dredges up painful memories. Isabel Debre, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Mar. 2024 The workers slept right here, among piles of excrement dredged up from the darkness. Carina Del Valle Schorske, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Can Annie safely unravel the dark mystery at the heart of Castle Knoll, or will dredging up the past throw her into the path of a killer? Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024 Over a couple of weeks, Evangeline, Liz and Pete have to sacrifice the joy of the holiday season to dredge up painful traces of the past, going deeper and deeper into the darkness, the inhospitable landscape and … get ready to point at your screen … the night country. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Jan. 2024 But, shortly before the election, a new video of Osama bin Laden was released that dredged up memories of 9/11. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024

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“Dredge up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dredge%20up. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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