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ferret

verb bring to light, dig out, discover, disinter, elicit, find, fish out, hunt, look for, rimari, root out, search, seek, trace, track down, unearth
Associated concepts: ferret out a crime
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Through the hotel office, past Hop Higgins lost in his dream of the raising of ferrets, he went and up into his own room.
If a chap lays hold o' your ferret, he won't be long before he hollows out a good un,
No, I only ferret out things that may be of some use to me," was the unexpected reply, uttered with an air of perfect vacancy and swallowed by Mr.
Fain [gladly] would his dogs have known, as breathing heavily and wiping their cutlasses, they gathered at a discreet distance from his hook, and squinted through their ferret eyes at this extraordinary man.
Gryphus would have been sure to ferret it out in the search, and would then have treated it as he did the first.
I'll tell you something more," he continued, just as it seemed he had finished, and just in time to interrupt Daughtry away from his third attempt to ferret out the true inwardness of the situation on the Mary Turner and of the Ancient Mariner's part in it.
9-12) One day a thirsty Mouse who had escaped the ferret, dangerous foe, set his soft muzzle to the lake's brink and revelled in the sweet water.
But there are two things I fear above all else the whole world over, the hawk and the ferret -- for these bring great grief on me -- and the piteous trap wherein is treacherous death.
Most of all I fear the ferret of the keener sort which follows you still even when you dive down your hole.
I may add, that as some organisms will breed most freely under the most unnatural conditions (for instance, the rabbit and ferret kept in hutches), showing that their reproductive system has not been thus affected; so will some animals and plants withstand domestication or cultivation, and vary very slightly--perhaps hardly more than in a state of nature.
He was also anxious about the future, reflecting that the police must detain Helen and Margaret for the inquest and ferret the whole thing out.
I'm as sharp,' said Quilp to him, at parting, 'as sharp as a ferret, and as cunning as a weazel.