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ferret

noun [C] uk   /ˈfer.ɪt/ us  
a small, yellowish-white animal with a long body, bred for hunting rabbits and other small animalsWild mammalsHumans, apes and monkeysFelines (cats)Canines (dogs)Deer and antelopeRodents and similar animalsMarine mammals

ferret

verb uk   /ˈfer.ɪt/ informal us  
[I + adv/prep] to search for something by moving things around with your hands, especially in a drawer, bag, or other closed space: I was just ferreting around in my drawer for my passport.Searching [I] to search for something or someone, by looking in many places or asking many questions: After a bit of ferreting, I managed to find his address.Searching
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