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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
dig it out
Slang To run as fast as one can, especially as a base runner in baseball.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.