dredge

dredge [dredʒ] v
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Perhaps from Old English dragan 'to pull']
1.) [I and T]
to remove mud or sand from the bottom of a river, ↑harbour etc, or to search for something by doing this
They were dredging for oysters.
2.) [T + with]
to cover food lightly with flour, sugar etc
dredge up [dredge sth<=>up] phr v
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.
3.) to pull something up from the bottom of a river, lake etc

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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