1 : to hunt game with ferrets
2 : to drive out of a hiding place
3 : to find and bring to light by searching — usually used with out
I'm fascinated by the use of nouns in the verb form. It's fair to say most people associate the word FERRET with the small domesticated rodent, as opposed to the verb inspired by the rodent's hunting instincts.
I do this often with the word house. Man, I'm totally gonna house that sandwich. My intended meaning here is: destroy by means of eating. I really have no idea where this comes from. House of course is a verb meaning: to shelter. But the implication for destruction exists only in contemporary slang. The urban dictionary defines this verb form as: