verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of ferret1
OTHER WORDS FROM ferretfer·ret·er, nounfer·ret·y, adjectiveun·fer·ret·ed, adjectiveun·fer·ret·ing, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for ferret
A small population of the ferrets was discovered in Wyoming in the 1980s, and skin biopsies from several of them were sent to San Diego’s Frozen Zoo, where they went into a deep-freeze for over 30 years.The First Endangered American Animal Has Been Cloned|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|February 19, 2021|Singularity Hub
In each cage, the ferrets who received the placebo contracted the virus, and the ferrets who received the treatment did not contract the virus.The CDC released a COVID-19 test knowing it had a high failure rate|Rachael Zisk|November 9, 2020|Popular Science
Infected ferrets — an animal commonly used to study influenza because ferrets exhibit similar symptoms as people — can also get sick and pass the virus to other ferrets.4 reasons not to worry about that ‘new’ swine flu in the news|Erin Garcia de Jesus|July 2, 2020|Science News
Ferret is a carefully chosen comparison, implying diligence but absolutely no imagination.
What I saw was a careful and ingenious reporter ferret out a fraud with care.Pressuring Journalists Won’t Protect Transgender People|James Kirchick|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That alone provides a powerful incentive for civil society to try to ferret out the numbers.U.S. Drone Program Needs to Be Accompanied by Hard Facts on Civilian Deaths|Daniel Klaidman|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They were used to ferret rebel fighters out of their strongholds.
Reich, the former American diplomat, says he thinks Morales might just be crazy enough to ferret Snowden to La Paz.Is Edward Snowden Bound for Bolivia? Evo Morales Sure Seems to Hope So|Eli Lake, Mac Margolis|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A soldier is not a conjurer that he should be handed over a fully laden ship and told to ferret out a fuse key.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2|Ian Hamilton
Where you like; there must be two or three remaining in the neighborhood, so ferret them out and bring them here.Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete|Guy de Maupassant
Oh, if he'd a notion I was within twenty miles of him, he'd ferret me out to pay off old grudges.North and South|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
I stuck my hand down, and it was given a vicious bite by a white, pink-eyed ferret Paul was carrying there.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
He was endeavoring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a neighboring church clock struck twelve.