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Topic: WATER

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from Old English dragan 'to pull'

dredge

verb
     
dredge
1 [intransitive and transitive]TTWTEC to remove mud or sand from the bottom of a river, harbour etc, or to search for something by doing this:
They dredged for oysters.
2 [transitive + with]DF to cover food lightly with flour, sugar etc

dredge something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to start talking again about something that happened a long time ago, especially something unpleasant:
Newsweek magazine dredged up some remarks which he made last year.
2 to manage to remember something, or to feel or express an emotion, with difficulty:
Robertson tried to dredge up an image of her in his mind.
From somewhere she dredged up a brilliant smile.
3TTW to pull something up from the bottom of a river, lake etc
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