dig out (third-person singular simple present digs out, present participle digging out, simple past and past participle dug out)
- (transitive) To remove something by digging.
- The archaeologist dug out a Saxon dagger.
- Houdini not only got out of the ropes: he also dug himself out of the hole he had been buried in.
- (transitive, sometimes figuratively) To find or retrieve something buried.
- I shall try to dig out my old textbooks.
2011 February 13, Lyle Jackson, “Ireland 22-25 France”, in BBC:
- But Ireland dug out a gutsy response and applied pressure which resulted in number eight Heaslip diving over in the corner to revive home hopes.
- (transitive) To make something by digging.
- We had to dig out our foxhole while under fire.
- (intransitive, US, slang) To decamp; to leave a place hastily.
- (transitive, slang) To have sexual intercourse with someone.
- I'd like to dig her out.
- (transitive, cricket) To block a yorker with the bottom of the bat, at the last second.
to find or retrieve something by removing overlying material