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ferret out

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Definition search for and discover through persistent investigation
  • She ferreted out the truth.
ferreted out = searched for and discovered through persistent investigation
  • She was hired by Twitter to help ferret out spammers.
  • ferret out = search for and discover through persistent investigation
  • 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
  • ferret out = search for and discover through persistent investigation
  • I can hardly wait for the day when I'll be able to go to the public library and ferret out the information I need.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • ferret out = search for and discover through persistent investigation
  • They try to ferret out a soldier's potential weaknesses.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • ferret out = search for and discover through persistent investigation
  • The German Shepherds used to ferret out people in hiding were barking ferociously.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • ferret out = search for and discover through persistent investigation
  • He wasn't supposed to find out, but Connor has always been good at ferreting out secrets.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • ferreting out = discovering through persistent investigation
  • For the same reason he'd taken to spending hours in the more obscure regions of the library stacks, ferreting out arcane lore.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • ferreting out = searching for and discovering through persistent investigation
  • This island's more or less a bare rock. We shall make short work of searching it. We'll soon ferret out U. N. Owen, Esq.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • ferret out = search and discover through persistent investigation
  • Hel's a master at ferreting out secrets.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • ferreting out = discovering through persistent investigation
  • 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
  • ferret out = discover through persistent investigation
  • It was all a part of preparing us for the real world, and ferreting out the "Gray Man."
    Mark Owen  --  No Easy Day
  • ferreting out = searching for and discovering through persistent investigation
  • If I were a member of the class that rules, I would post men in all 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
  • ferret out = search for and discover through persistent investigation
  • Perhaps the Admiral's looking for someone else to help him ferret out the killer.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • ferret out = search for and discover through persistent investigation
  • And someone to ferret out the wolf in the herd.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • ferret out = search for and discover through persistent investigation
  • Ought to ferret out the mystery before we go.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • ferret out = discover through persistent investigation
  • 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
  • Before, when Enrique told her he was clean, she could ferret out the truth for herself.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • My only hope is to ferret out exactly who I am.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • She found her shoulder bag, ferreted out a toothbrush, and went to the bathroom.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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