raise (someone or something) to the surface

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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Smauker, consulting a copper timepiece which dwelt at the bottom of a deep watch-pocket, and was raised to the surface by means of a black string, with a copper key at the other end.
Everything he had seen that morning had raised to the surface tensions which were not so much alive as undead.
Giant pit wheels spun as miners were quickly raised to the surface across Wales, children were evacuated from schools and the famous Mumbles lighthouse was seen to "wobble".
I wanted to explore this relationship between an unfamiliar space inside us, where our emotions are hidden and how they become transparent when raised to the surface of the body.
"32 bodies of dead miners of the Zasyadko mine have been found" by early morning, the emergency ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said in a statement, adding that the bodies were being raised to the surface. Efforts were still continuing to find the one miner who was still unaccounted for.
October 11, 1982: The Mary Rose, flagship of King Henry VIII, is raised to the surface after 437 years at the bottom of the Solent.
Thirty years ago - on October 11, 1982 - the Tudor warship Mary Rose was dramatically raised to the surface, more than four centuries after she sank accidentally during an engagement with the French fleet in 1545.
illustrious list of in the to was and the smell as off her 1982: The Mary Rose, flagship of King Henry VIII, was raised to the surface after 437 years at the bottom of the Solent.
MASBATE CITY -- Navy technical divers Roger Brizuela and Edgar Vergara raised their hands in salute Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo's body was slowly being raised to the surface from the plane wreckage at the bottom of the Masbate Pass early Tuesday.
One of the two data flight recorders from the Airbus 330-303 was raised to the surface yesterday by a robot submarine.
The breakthrough means the miners, who rescuers have been trying to extract before Christmas, might now be raised to the surface by early November.
After days of diving operations, the upper structure of the Cheonan was raised to the surface. The following days were a series of precise operations to successfully recover the wreck.