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ferret out

To discover or retrieve something, usually with careful effort. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ferret" and "out." Now that I'm a successful actress, I'm worried about what the media will ferret out about my tawdry past.
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ferret something out (from something)

Fig. to fetch something out from something. We will have to ferret the mouse out from behind the stove. We can ferret out the mouse with the aid of the cat.
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ferret something out (of someone or something)

 and ferret something out
Fig. to get, remove, or retrieve something from someone or something, usually with cunning and persistence. I tried very hard, but I couldn't ferret the information out of the clerk. I had to ferret out the answers one by one.
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ferret out

Uncover and bring to light by searching, as in Sandy was a superb reporter, tireless in ferreting out whatever facts were needed for her story . This expression alludes to hunting with ferrets, weasel-like animals formerly used to drive rabbits out of their burrows. [c. 1600]
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ferret out

v.
To uncover or extract something by searching or questioning: The detective ferreted out the sequence of events by questioning all of the witnesses. We ferreted the truth out after we finished our investigation.
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Ferrets have starred in Harry Potter films and shared a bath with Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski.
Along with the games, Sunday's activities included a silent auction, raffle, children's games, a human-sized ferret mascot - and a ferret boutique.
The service is also supported by the makers of Vitalin, a ferret feed which the animals eat mixed with raw minced chicken.
This overseas ferret production produced aircraft similar in capability to the original B-17 ferrets; it included ELINT equipment, navigation upgrades, and a new mottled black camouflage paint job for night operations.
Both ferret HEV genomes consisted of 6,820 nt and a poly (A) tail (GenBank accession nos.
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: "We are extremely sorry to hear this lady was bitten by the ferret while trying to catch it and we hope that she is recovering well.
2009, TML and PDM observed an encounter between an adult male black-tailed prairie dog and an adult male black-footed ferret in Conata Basin, Buffalo Gap National Grassland, South Dakota.
Crusher and Truffle have been described as the Wills and Kate of the ferret world and they are very popular.
Crusher and Truffle have been described as the Wills and Kate of the ferret world and they are very popular - hundreds of people watched the ceremony over the internet.
Just over a century ago, hundreds of thousands of blackfooted ferrets roamed vast stretches of grasslands in North America known as the prairie.
Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in northern Colorado and the National Zoo's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, as well as zoological institutions in Colorado Springs, Phoenix, Louisville, and Toronto.
Summary: A charity is caring for a ferret which was found on a platform at a station in Edinburgh, after a train arrived from London.
Many of us would struggle to answer this sort of question, but luckily the Tribunal could call on the Ferret Census 2009, which recorded that 80 per cent of ferrets were kept for companionship.
The 67 year-old spoke out after the fundraising event came under fire from James McKay, the director of the Derbyshire-based National Ferret School.
He spoke out after James McKay, d i rector of the Derbyshire-based National Ferret School, lodged an official complaint with thje RSPCA.