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- (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:
- 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.
- (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.
- (intransitive, US, slang) To decamp; to leave a place hastily.