Lots of people at SAC work extremely hard to ferret out good investing ideas.
That alone provides a powerful incentive for civil society to try to ferret out the numbers.
Even foreign journalists inside the city have struggled to ferret out information.
I have appointed a proven and aggressive Inspector General to ferret out any and all cases of waste and fraud.
That fact gave him time to ferret out more information; to become completely sure of himself.
I ferret out all their secrets and can see through their masks; but I use no witchery about it.
Hence Bible-mongers set themselves to work to ferret out another meaning for the text.
He had been piqued by the failure of all his endeavors to ferret out the assassins.
Commissioners were sent to that capital, to ferret out the suspected.
You do manage to ferret out the unpleasant aspects of our position!
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.