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dredge up

1. Literally, to take out material in order to increase the depth of a body of water. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dredge" and "up." I think we can deepen the pond by dredging up some more sand.
2. To pull something from the depths of a body of water. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dredge" and "up." Hopefully, the divers will be able to dredge up more pieces of the plane today, and we can start analyzing them.
3. By extension, to resume the discussion of something (usually something unpleasant or troublesome). A noun or pronoun can be used between "dredge" and "up." Can we all please try not to dredge up old hurts at this year's Thanksgiving dinner?
4. To find or obtain something after much searching. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dredge" and "up." What else can we do to dredge up support for this petition?
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dredge someone or something

1. . Lit. to scoop something up from underwater. The workers dredged the lifeless body up from the cold black water. They dredged up the mud from the riverbed.
2. Fig. to use some effort to seek and find someone or something. I will see if I can dredge a date up for Friday. Can you dredge up a date for me? I don't have a wrench here, but I'll see if I can dredge one up from the basement.

dredge up

1. To deepen some body of water by digging and removing material from its bottom: They'll have to dredge up the river, or else the larger ships won't be able to pass through. Because the stream was hard to navigate, the farmer paid someone to dredge it up.
2. To raise something from the bottom of a body of water: The workers dredged up a car from the bottom of the lake. They dredged a lot of garbage up from the bottom of the canal.
3. To bring something back into discussion or importance, especially something unpleasant: I wish you hadn't dredged up that issue with our boss. I had been content to forget about the accident until my neighbor dredged it up by asking me questions about it.
See also: dredge, up
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The DSC Wolverine dredge is powered by a 440-hp Caterpillar C13 ACERT diesel engine.
As they work, dredges log data of exactly where they dredged and to what depth, how much shoreline was created and where, and this information must be made readily available to their clients.
So once deployed, the dredges are intermittently retrieved back to the boat, checked for tangles, and lowered back again and again while monitoring our rods.
Dredge, with an opening eagle, responded with 66 also to finish only a stroke behind his trophy rival.
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Great Lakes' patent pending design for the dredge introduces a new concept for hopper dredging in both deep and shallow waters, providing extensive flexibility.
Brennan also wanted the hydraulic systems relocated from their standard position in the wing tanks in the hull to the deck of the dredge.
Dredge Yard of the UAE has successfully delivered ball joints for dredge pipe sizes from 900mm to 1,000mm to MEDCO of Qatar - a company specialised in capital dredging works, port development and land reclamation in the Gulf region.
com)-- Dredge Yard, a company dedicated to the market of dredge equipment and dredging technology has announced the launch of the dredge turning gland.
Tunnel builders TT2 originally planned to dredge the trench for the tunnel sections in a "window" between November and March.
The pair are rivals for a place in Nick Faldo's Seve Trophy team against Seve Ballesteros's Europe later this month, with defending champion Dredge heading the race for the trophy match while Wilson is leading at Crans-sur-Sierre.
Katherine Jenkins could be denied a hug if plans to dredge the Welsh coastline, are not closely monitored, campaigners say.
The Port of Mostyn was told by regulators, including the Environment Agency, Department of Transport and Welsh Assembly, it can dredge up to 2m for two years.
ABSTRACT Exploited oyster stocks on public grounds in Virginia waters are subject to regular surveys effected using a traditional oyster dredge and, more recently, patent tongs.