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ferret (verb) search for something from among a lot of things; hunt for rats, rabbits, etc., using a ferret (an animal); find out a secret or information by searching thoroughly.

You ferret out, for example, for some paper if you search for it in a drawer full of paper or in a bundle of paper. You ferret out your wristwatch if you search for it pushing away other things among which you think it may be. You ferret out a book, if you are able to pick it up after searching for it in a heap of books. If with the help of the animal ferret you hunt for rats and rabbits out of their holes, you ferret them. If after a lot of effort and search, you get a piece of valuable information or an important secret, you ferret it out.

  • Ferreting out all the information about the Watergate scandal involving President Nixon and his advisers is fine example of investigative journalism.
  • It took a lot of effort and some risk for the detective Sherlock Holmes to ferret out the secret of the Red-headed League and bring to light all facts about its activities.
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