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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Definition for ferret (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for ferret
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.
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
Lots of people at SAC work extremely hard to ferret out good investing ideas.The Insider-Trading Cloud Hanging Over SAC Capital’s Steven A. Cohen|Daniel Gross|November 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Presently, a mink came out where poor Bunny first appeared—nose to the ground, and hunting like a ferret.Two Years in Oregon|Wallis Nash
When this is so, the ferret should never be used again until it is quite well.Studies in the Art of Rat-catching|H. C. Barkley
The Ferret was sitting up, and leaning toward Porter, who was sleeping an arm's length away.The Country Beyond|James Oliver Curwood
What, send that vagabond to the carriage to ferret about there!The Poor Plutocrats|Maurus Jkai
He was a sharp man of business, keen-visaged as a ferret, and restless as a nervous horse long reined in.The Iron Pirate|Max Pemberton