Definition of Dig out

1. Verb. Remove, harvest, or recover by digging. "Dig coal"

Exact synonyms: Dig, Dig Up
Generic synonyms: Excavate, Unearth

2. Verb. Dig out from underneath earth or snow.
Generic synonyms: Disengage, Free

3. Verb. Create by digging. "Dig out a channel"
Exact synonyms: Dig
Entails: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Generic synonyms: Core Out, Hollow, Hollow Out
Specialized synonyms: Lift, Trench, Dibble
Derivative terms: Dig, Dig, Digger, Digger

Definition of Dig out

1. Verb. To find, or retrieve something by removing overlying material, or material that hides it ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) (&lit dig out) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dig Out

dig deep
dig in
dig in one's heels
dig into
dig one's own grave
dig out (current term)
dig out of a hole
dig up
dig up dirt

Literary usage of Dig out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart by John Gibson Lockhart (1837)
"tainly should be exceedingly thankful if any one were to dig out of the dust of the Bodleian or the British Museum a detailed life, ..."

2. A Cyclopædic Dictionary of the Mang'anja Language Spoken in British Central by David Clement Ruffelle Scott (1892)
"as a mole, or as people getting water in sandy soil ; II. то DRAW OUT HONEY from the hollow tree, to dig out, draw out honey (pida, qv) ; III. то STRAIN, ..."

3. Land, Labour, and Gold: Or, Two Years in Victoria with Visits to Sydney and by William Howitt (1858)
"Attempts to dig out a Wombat. — Rush to New Diggings in the Buffalo Mountains. — Scenes on the Road. — A frightful Gap in the Hills. ..."

4. Biennial Report by Oregon Board of Horticulture (1921)
"Now, with a sharp knife, dig out all buds on the trunk below, where the surface of the ... Be sure to dig out all of the bud. Do not merely scrape the bark. ..."

5. Publications of the Texas Folk-lore Society by Texas Folklore Society (1916)
"Den all de frogs gun to dig out de san, dig out de san from under de ole coon. When de had dug er great deep hole wid de ole coon in de middle of it, ..."

6. Transactions of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.: Horticultural Hall by Massachusetts Horticultural Society, W.D. Ticknor & Co, James Englebert Teschemacher (1896)
"A wash which has to be applied more than once a year will not pay, for one can dig out the borers quicker. All the washes containing lime usually cracked ..."

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