raise to the surface
raise (someone or something) to the surface
To lift someone or something or cause someone or something to float up to the surface of a body of liquid. We attached floatation devices to the swimmer's arms to raise her to the surface. A fleet of 15 two-person submarines attached harnesses to the ancient structure in an effort to raise it to the surface.
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raise someone or something to the surface (of something)
to bring someone or something up to the surface of a body of water. The pull of the inflatable life vest raised Tom to the surface of the water. The divers were able to raise the sunken ship to the surface.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.