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ferret

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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ldoce_095_aferretfer‧ret1 /ˈferΙͺt/ noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š ferret.jpg HBAa small animal with a pointed nose, used to hunt rats and rabbits
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ferretβ€’ Ferrets die: Two ferrets died when fire swept through a garden shed in Ilkley Grove, Hartlepool.β€’ After a few days its rightful owner came to collect it and informed her that it was in fact a ferret.β€’ The result is that the growing ferrets show no shyness to human contact.β€’ In 1973, a small group of ferrets discovered in South Dakota were captured for a propagation program.β€’ Take your pick A compartmental ferret-box - the ferrets sitting placidly.β€’ None of this matters at all provided the ferrets work efficiently.β€’ The white ferret, for example, is more visible, while the polecat is less so.
ferretferret2 verb [intransitive] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 [always + adverb/preposition] informalLOOK FOR to search for something that is lost or hidden among a lot of things or inside a drawer, box etcferret around/round/about πŸ”Š He started ferreting around in his desk.ferret for πŸ”Š She ferreted in her bag for a pen.2 CATCHto hunt rats and rabbits using a ferret β†’ ferret somebody/something ↔ outβ†’ See Verb table
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ferretβ€’ So it wouldn't have just been insurance investigators ferreting about - it would have been the world's press as well.β€’ It would have been a sad disappointment to anyone ferreting in the top drawer of his desk.β€’ To ferret out only whole words, press the spacebar once before and once after typing the search word.β€’ It has one reporter who does nothing but ferret out supposed left-wing involvement in the membership of any organization the Tribune dislikes.β€’ Thank goodness for the debunkers like Hymes who ferret out the frauds and expose the poseurs.β€’ The opponents also wanted to ferret out the guilty, but they insisted that the rights protected.β€’ Fortunately, archaeology breeds rebels who care for nothing but ferreting out the truth.ferret around/round/aboutβ€’ Male speaker It's all over now although the papers are still ferreting around.β€’ The reporters keep on ferreting around.β€’ Some people carry their ferrets around in bags or sacks.β€’ The very next day I started ferreting around in the woods and came upon the most magnificent fortress of a sett.β€’ So it wouldn't have just been insurance investigators ferreting about - it would have been the world's press as well.
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Verb table
ferret
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyferret
he, she, itferrets
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyferreted
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave ferreted
he, she, ithas ferreted
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad ferreted
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill ferret
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have ferreted
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam ferreting
he, she, itis ferreting
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you, we, theyare ferreting
Past
I, he, she, itwas ferreting
you, we, theywere ferreting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been ferreting
he, she, ithas been ferreting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been ferreting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be ferreting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been ferreting
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