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"ferret" in British English

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ferretnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈfer.ɪt/

ferretverb

uk   us   /ˈfer.ɪt/ informal
[I + adv/prep] UK to ​search for something by ​moving things around with ​yourhands, ​especially in a ​drawer, ​bag, or other ​closedspace: I was just ferreting around in my ​drawer for my ​passport. [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.
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"ferret" in American English

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ferretnoun [C]

 us   /ˈfer·ɪt/
a ​type of ​weasel (= ​smallanimal with a ​long, ​thinbody) that usually has ​blackfeet and ​blackfur around ​itseyes
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