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  • She ferreted out the truth.
  • hired by Twitter to ferret out spammers
  • ...if I had only a brain active enough to ferret out the means of attaining it.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • to ferret out the nature of the prisoner’s schemes
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale Of Two Cities

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  • Hel’s a master at ferreting out secrets.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He wasn’t supposed to find out, but Connor has always been good at ferreting out secrets.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • ) He refills my drink without me having to ask, somehow ferreting out one last cup of the good stuff.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Queen Bella was the only one who bothered ferreting out his meanings anymore.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • The German Shepherds used to ferret out people in hiding were barking ferociously.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • The eyes of the most bullheaded boys radiate a shining determination: every ounce of their attention has been trained to ferret out weakness.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • Before, when Enrique told her he was clean, she could ferret out the truth for herself.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Ought to ferret out the mystery before we go.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • They try to ferret out a soldier’s potential weaknesses.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I can hardly wait for the day when I’ll be able to go to the public library and ferret out Iii the information I need.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I used the less-blinding illumination to examine the ceiling, trying to ferret out its secret.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Yes — yes — the end is not so difficult; if I had only a brain active enough to ferret out the means of attaining it.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The prospect that truly excites me, though, is of using magic to ferret out nature’s secrets.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • If anyone’s going to ferret out what you’re up to, she’s the one.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Barbara heard the grumbles and tried to ferret out the sources.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • That Providence, however, had put it into the heart of a person who was beyond fear and beyond reproach, to ferret out the nature of the prisoner’s schemes, and, struck with horror, to disclose them to his Majesty’s Chief Secretary of State and most honourable Privy Council.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • My only hope is to ferret out exactly who I am.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • It’s quite possible that you might ferret out a case against him.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Because practically no one in the entire nation agreed with the occupation regime, the Russians had to ferret out the few exceptions and push them into power.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • When she worked as a researcher for Dragan Armansky at Milton Security, she had never minded having a long conversation if it was to ferret out facts.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • When Farmer first saw this piece of Haiti and began to ferret out its history, old-timers talked longingly to him about the days before the water rose, when families lived on farms beside the river and everyone had enough to eat and something left over to sell.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • A staff of twenty-five screeners with PhDs in related fields scoured thousands of incoming threads and passed on any that fit the primary model that Raison Pharmaceutical had established to ferret out an antivirus.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • She would also apply the research skills she’d honed in graduate school to ferreting out funding opportunities and grants for the program.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • For many years past the whale-ship has been the pioneer in ferreting out the remotest and least known parts of the earth.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He had "ferreted out" nothing.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Though a young man, I have ferreted out evidence, got up cases, and seen lots of life.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • His instinct perceived the fetidness of poverty, but no longer ferreted out the deeper evils in pride and sensuality.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • And now those high school history lessons also seemed strikingly incomplete, all but devoid of explanations for the terms "Hutu" and "Tutsi," and of facts that Deo gradually ferreted out.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The dry leaves in the ditch simmered and boiled in the same breezes, a tongue of air occasionally ferreting out a few, and sending them spinning across the grass.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde’s Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde’s door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She found her shoulder bag, ferreted out a toothbrush, and went to the bathroom.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • She could count on Feeney to work on ferreting out any details that might weaken the case against Mavis.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • I’m going to wash, find a tunic, and then check with Baldor and see if he’s ferreted out any more of Galbatorix’s killers.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • They ferreted out a thermos of hot coffee, and he looked at her as though he was going to kiss her, and she looked back at him as though she did not mind.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • As if by rote, both Conklin and the Russian immediately began examining the tables, ferreting out handwritten notes, a number of which were beside a mother-of-pearl telephone on top of a curved, thick dark green table of sorts.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • With Petersburg as home base, he had traveled the length and breadth of Russia, visiting insured factories and ferreting out those in dubious financial condition—because statistics showed that fires occurred most often in factories where business was going badly.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It is never likely that you will succeed in ferreting out the secrets of the past.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • (If I were a member of the class that rules, I would post men inall the neighborhoods of the nation, not to spy upon or club rebellious workers, not to break strikes or disrupt unions; but to ferret out those who no longer respond to the system in which they live.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • "Ferreting in one’s soul, one often ferrets out something that might have lain there unnoticed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • And someone to ferret out the wolf in the herd.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Ferreting out other magicians’ enchantments grew vastly more difficult if they had tried to hide their work.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • So I should ferret out his background.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • "And what mischief," asked Orik, "have you two managed to ferret out of Oromis and yon bucolic woods?"
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Mehlinger has become a wizard at ferreting out suppliers for hard-to-find culinary offerings from around the world.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Perhaps the Admiral’s looking for someone else to help him ferret out the killer.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • That devil of a Marius has ferreted out the nest of a millionaire grisette in his tree of dreams!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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