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dig out

1. To create an exit by channeling, tunneling, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dig" and "out." The groundhog dug out of its burrow and advanced on my herb garden.
2. To remove something from something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dig" and "out." Paulina was careful to dig every last raisin out of the cookie.
3. To locate something after searching for it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dig" and "out." After a few minutes, I was finally able to dig my sunglasses out of my purse.
4. To remove an excess accumulation of something, such as snow or mud. It'll be days before we're able to dig out from this blizzard. Rescue crews have been helping the residents dig out after the mudslide.
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dig something out

Fig. to work hard to locate something and bring it forth. They dug the contract out of the file cabinet. I dug out an old dress and wore it to the Fifties party.
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dig out (of something)

to channel or excavate one's way out of something. The miner had to dig out of the cave-in. They were too exhausted to dig out.
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dig out

1. Extract, remove, as in He was determined to dig out every bit of metal he could find. [Late 1300s]
2. Find by searching for, as in He dug out his first contract from the file. [Mid-1800s]
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dig out

v.
1. To create a space or structure by digging: The fox dug a shelter out of the dense earth. The workers dug out a moat around the castle.
2. To create some pathway that leads from some place by digging: The prisoners dug a tunnel out of the dungeon.
3. To expose, gain access to, or free something by digging and removing what surrounds it: They worked around the clock to dig out the city after the blizzard. The nurse dug the splinter out of my finger with a needle.
4. To emerge or become accessible by or as if by digging: It took three weeks for the village to dig out after the mudslide.
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dig it out

Slang To run as fast as one can, especially as a base runner in baseball.
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References in classic literature ?
One of the stanchest patrons was little Ned Higgins, the devourer of Jim Crow and the elephant, who to-day signalized his omnivorous prowess by swallowing two dromedaries and a locomotive.
But when men and horses, cattle, camels, and dromedaries, have poached the spring into mud, it becomes loathsome to those who at first drank of it with rapture; and he who had the merit of discovering it, if he would preserve his reputation with the tribe, must display his talent by a fresh discovery of untasted fountains.
Benedict, mounted on two dromedaries, for not less tall were the two mules they rode on.
At night I dream of all the animals, one by one--the giraffe, the two dromedaries, the young lion, the alligator, and Alexander.
Nor wanted clouds of foot, nor, on each horn, Cuirassiers all in steel for standing fight, Chariots, or elephants indorsed with towers Of archers; nor of labouring pioners A multitude, with spades and axes armed, To lay hills plain, fell woods, or valleys fill, Or where plain was raise hill, or overlay With bridges rivers proud, as with a yoke: Mules after these, camels and dromedaries, And waggons fraught with utensils of war.
As there are no dromedaries at hand, the band facetiously plays "The Camels are coming.