dredge up

Definition of dredge up

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to dig, gather, or pull out with or as if with a dredge (see 2dredge)

    :  to deepen (as a waterway) with a machine that removes earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or a suction tube :  to deepen with a dredge (see 2dredge 2)

    :  to use a dredge

  1. :  an apparatus usually in the form of an oblong iron frame with an attached bag net used especially for gathering fish and shellfish

    :  a machine for removing earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or a suction tube

    :  a barge used in dredging

  1. :  to coat by sprinkling (as with flour)

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

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