To dig out of

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To dig out of to get out or obtain by digging; as, to dig coal from or out of a mine; to dig out fossils; to dig up a tree. The preposition is often omitted; as, the men are digging coal, digging iron ore, digging potatoes.
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Usage

In literature:

I'm going to ride out and see if I can dig up any news on the edge of town.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
Perhaps one of these Sundays after Easter you might not be indisposed to begin to dig us out?
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Kick 'em out of their Fifth Avenue castles and set 'em to digging subways!
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Trying to dig out one of his eyes?
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The funeral party paused, uncertain whether to go to the work of taking the rocks out of Eeny-Meeny's grave or dig a new one somewhere else.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
You come out yere to dig gold, not to take keer of cripples.
"Gold" by Stewart White
If anybody died, they would tell some of the other slaves to dig the grave and take 'em out there and bury 'em.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
He don't want to learn how to dig potatoes out of a book.
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
She goes out of her way to dig pitfalls for the unwary and the best have been known to succumb.
"Banked Fires" by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
I shade the body of the tree to keep borers out, and dig them out if any get in.
"The Apple" by Various
There is plenty of daylight, and I wish to send out a dozen men for the purpose of digging one common grave for them all.
"Wau-nan-gee or the Massacre at Chicago" by Major John Richardson
We'll have to dig him out just as we dug you out of the big drift, Teddy.
"The Curlytops Snowed In" by Howard R. Garis
Suppose a seam of coal is only a few inches thick, how is a miner going to dig it out?
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Or, maybe, child like, he's gone to dig that wonderful 'treasure' out of the ground and to buy you the silk dress he'd heard about.
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
If you want `squareface' you must get the missis to dig it out of the store.
"John Ames, Native Commissioner" by Bertram Mitford
For hours it had been unload, dig the sled out of a deep bank of snow, load up again and flounder a few rods, only to repeat the process.
"Chiquita, an American Novel" by Merrill Tileston
Malcolm Sage merely shrugged his shoulders as he proceeded to dig the ashes out of his pipe.
"John Dene of Toronto" by Herbert Jenkins
I told my governor I was going into digs with some of the aesthetic push and didn't want to be cut out, so he's lent me this.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
Daniel seemed destined to earn his living digging mud out of the canals, if he supported himself at all.
"What You Can Do With Your Will Power" by Russell H. Conwell
Four times the comrades of Lukens had to dig him out when shells buried him under an avalanche of earth.
"The Iron Division, National Guard of Pennsylvania, in the World War" by H. G. Proctor
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In poetry:

One day he was digging, a spade or two,
As his aching back could lift,
When he saw something glisten at the bottom of the trench,
And to get it out he made great shift.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
And so he remarked to them, little and big—
To claimants: "You skip!" and to lawyers: "You dig!"
They tumbled, tumultuous, out of his court
And left him victorious, holding the fort.
"The Legatee" by Ambrose Bierce
“He stooped to tear a lump of schist
Out of the clinging soil,
By thunder, you should hear him jist,
And see the way he’d coil
Upon the ground, and hug his fist,
And scratch and dig and toil!
"The Sleeping Beauty" by Henry Lawson

In news:

WCHS digs itself out of 2-0 hole, only to watch C-G score final two points of match.
Looking to dig out of debt.
Lake Erie Monsters can't dig out of early hole, lose to San Antonio.
It may take less time for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to dig out from the backlog cargo from last week's dockworkers' strike than some had feared.
As we are putting this weekly report to bed, Washington is still digging out from an unusual onslaught of winter weather that dumped record amounts of snow.
This guy was trying to break out of jail by DIGGING A MASSIVE FREAKING HOLE IN THE WALL and failed MISERABLY.
Other firefighters suffered minor injuries but were able to dig out their injured comrade and help him out of the building.
Lake Erie Monsters can't dig out of early hole , lose to San Antonio.
Mickey Mantle 's, the Central Park South eatery that was once part owned by the Yankee slugger and looked last month to be digging itself out of debt, is closing after 24 years.
Mickey Mantle's, the Central Park South eatery that was once part owned by the Yankee slugger and looked last month to be digging itself out of debt, is closing after 24 years.
It's taken decades for historians and novelists to dig their way out of the fog of myth surrounding Earp and Holliday, and the results have sometimes been a mixed bag.
Elsewhere, in an effort to keep a major shipping connection between the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River open , the US Army Corps of Engineers moved in a fifth dredge to dig sediment out of the Southwest Pass.
Georgia Perimeter College announced it will cut as many as 185 full-time jobs as it tries to dig itself out of a massive $25 million budget deficit.
"And we read Plato 's 'Cave,' " he recalls, "in which he sees us all living in a cave, staring at shadows and the illusions, and then a few us of trying to dig ourselves up out of the cave into the light.
It might take a bit longer to dig out of the Great Recession's very deep trough.
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In science:

What information can we hope to dig out? Galaxies (besides our own) are observed pro jected on the sky, leaving us two spatial dimensions, and only one (line-of-sight) velocity.
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey
If the structures are really small-scale density and pressure enhancements in the ISM, then the challenge is to understand how one can generate such large excursions out of a medium with typical densities between ∼ 0.1 cm−3 (the Diffuse Ionized Gas or DIG) and ∼ 1 cm−3 (the WNM).
Small Ionized and Neutral Structures: A Theoretical Review
As we step outside the densest regions and explore using assorted kinds of QSO absorption clouds, you have to dig out from under the effects of depletion (Rodriguez et al. 2006a) and downsizing (Zwaan et al. 2005) to find the 2006 answer, “some of them do and some of them don’t”.
Astrophysics in 2006
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