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Verb
Past tense for rummage about in a place or container in search of something
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“He was ferreting around for his cash when one of them allegedly spotted a bobby on patrol, and as he made himself look inconspicuous they swapped the laptop case for another.”
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Past tense for discover information by means of an assiduous search or investigation
“Each day he and his small team ferret out the wholesale price of produce, a difficult task, given that transactions between producers and wholesalers aren't disclosed and prices aren't displayed.”
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