They were used to ferret rebel fighters out of their strongholds.
That alone provides a powerful incentive for civil society to try to ferret out the numbers.
Reich, the former American diplomat, says he thinks Morales might just be crazy enough to ferret Snowden to La Paz.
I have appointed a proven and aggressive Inspector General to ferret out any and all cases of waste and fraud.
Lots of people at SAC work extremely hard to ferret out good investing ideas.
Rabbits that refuse to take the net are sometimes eaten into by the ferret, but still refuse to bolt.
Wherever an industry could pay a dividend, his ferret eyes found it.
You know that the ferret is much used in hunting rabbits and rats.
I was talkin' about you to ferret the other day,' he went on.
The ferret was put into a hole and out popped three rabbits, one on the heels of the other.
late 14c., from Old French furet, diminutive of fuiron "weasel, ferret," literally "thief," probably from Late Latin furionem (related to furonem "cat," also "robber"), from Latin fur (genitive furis) "thief."
early 15c., from ferret (n.), in reference to the use of half-tame ferrets to kill rats and flush rabbits from burrows; the extended sense of "search out, discover" is 1570s. Related: Ferreted; ferreting.
To search inquisitively; find by searching: ferret out the whole story
[1570+; fr the notion of the ferret as a restless and assiduous searcher]
Lev. 11:30 (R.V., "gecko"), one of the unclean creeping things. It was perhaps the Lacerta gecko which was intended by the Hebrew word (anakah, a cry, "mourning," the creature which groans) here used, i.e., the "fan-footed" lizard, the gecko which makes a mournful wail. The LXX. translate it by a word meaning "shrew-mouse," of which there are three species in Palestine. The Rabbinical writers regard it as the hedgehog. The translation of the Revised Version is to be preferred.