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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? I was able to dredge up some of the suspect's financial records.
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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.
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Last year, a five-year dredging moratorium went into effect to give the Oregon Legislature time to draft permanent rules.
The role of environmental dredging -- and its relevance in drinking water supplies -- is gaining an increasing amount of attention in China; in both public and political circles.
Wisconsin DNR Northern Region Team Supervisor John Robinson said when the record of decision for the project was written, there were many concerns about how wet dredging would work.
Xiangyu Dredging has been listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK: 0871) on 20 June 2011.
Basin dredging, about half of the work has been done, but still deepening is required to enable the mother vessels to come inside.
In the present study, our first objective was to investigate the effect of dredging on few indicator bacteria, benthic population and water chemistry (salinity, transparency, total suspended solids and nutrient concentration).
Llanelli Sand Dredging Ltd wants to increase the amount of sand dredged from Nobel Banks, south west of Gower, from 300,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes a year.
The Environment Agency (EA) gave TT2 permission to bring forward dredging, which will create a trench into which concrete sections of the new tunnel can be sunk, from November to the last week in September.
The cost savings are from the lower labor headcount and continuous dredging of higher volumes of algae than were previously possible before our invention.
The Tyne Rivers Trust claims that under the new plans, dredging would take place at the peak run of salmon and sea trout in what in the best salmon river in England and Wales.
ENVIRONMENTAL concerns about dredging should be given "a fair hearing" before plans for dredging more sand in the Bristol Channel go ahead, Plaid Cymru AM Chris Franks has said.
This article discusses tax and user fee programs for financing port dredging costs.
He added council is looking at further dredging and channel improvements in order to maintain cruise liner visitations.
In this first book dedicated to dredging and its environmental impact, international experts discuss dredging operations in the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Spain, the US, Hong Kong, and Singapore, as well as rules and regulations concerning extraction and disposal of dredged material.
The New Doha International Airport Steering Committee (NDIA), on behalf of the Government of Qatar, has held a signing ceremony to formally award the dredging and reclamation works contract for the country's new airport project.