ferret out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ferret out

: to find (something, such as information) by careful searching
  • He's good at ferreting out the facts.

Word by Word Definitions

ferret play
  1. : a domesticated usually albino, brownish, or silver-gray animal (Mustela putorius furo) that is descended from the European polecat

  2. : black-footed ferret

  3. : an active and persistent searcher

  1. : to hunt with ferrets

  2. : to search about

  3. : to hunt (animals, such as rabbits) with ferrets

  1. : a narrow cotton, silk, or wool tape —called also ferreting

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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