dig out

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dig out ‎(third-person singular simple present digs out, present participle digging out, simple past and past participle dug out)

  1. (sometimes figuratively) To find or retrieve something by removing overlying material, or material that hides it
    The archaeologist dug out a Saxon dagger.
    I shall try to dig out my old textbooks.
    • 2011 February 13, Lyle Jackson, “Ireland 22-25 France”, in BBC[1]:
      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.
  2. (intransitive) Used other than as an idiom: see dig,‎ out.
    Houdini not only got out of the ropes: he also dug out of the hole he had been buried in.
  3. (intransitive, US, slang) To decamp; to leave a place hastily.