The Maidan people constantly interrupted her speech on the pretext of ferreting out ‘provocateurs’ from the crowd.
The lieutenant, his every faculty bent to the task of ferreting out the thoughts in the Phantoms mind, had heard nothing.
It's no joke to see you tossing all my things about and ferreting everywhere in this way.
We shall, therefore, be able to understand clearly the weakness of the soul by ferreting out the cause of the "fall" of the soul.
He had not, with all his skill and cunning, her genius for ferreting.
The detective must have found out in some ferreting way of his own.
Of the many modes of taking the "coney," ferreting is the most common.
One does not court refusals; but you know his meddling, ferreting ways.
She has been ferreting me out, like a rabbit, and making me confused.
Or, he brightened momently, could he develop other methods of ferreting out information?
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.