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Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Perhaps from Old English dic 'ditch'

dig

1 verb
     
dig1 S3 past tense and past participle dug present participle digging
1 [intransitive and transitive] to move earth, snow etc, or to make a hole in the ground, using a spade or your hands
dig a hole/trench/grave etc
They dig a small hole in the sand to bury their eggs.
dig down
Dig down about 6 inches.
dig for
birds digging for worms
2 [transitive] to remove something, especially vegetables, from the ground using a spade:
freshly dug carrots
3 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] to put your hand into something, especially in order to search for something:
She dug around in her bag for a pen.
He dug his hands deep into his pockets.
4

dig your heels in

to refuse to do something in spite of other people's efforts to persuade you
5

dig deep

to use something which you have, especially money or effort, which you would not normally need:
With one man sent off, the team had to dig deep and hang on for a draw.
6

dig a hole for yourself

also dig yourself into a hole to get yourself into a difficult situation by doing or saying the wrong thing
7

dig somebody out of trouble/a mess/a hole etc

to help a person or organization get out of trouble
8

dig your own grave

to do something that will cause serious problems for you in the future
9 [transitive] old-fashioned to like something:
I dig that hat!

dig in

phrasal verb
1

dig something ↔ in

also dig something into somethingDLG to mix something into soil by digging:
Dig some fertiliser into the soil first.
2 also dig (something) into something to push a hard or pointed object into something, especially someone's body, or to press into something:
She dug her finger nails into his arm.
dig something ↔ in
He dug his spurs in and urged his horse on.
I could feel one of the hooks digging in.
3PMA if a group of people, especially soldiers, dig in, they make a protected place for themselves or prepare for a difficult situation:
The troops dug in along the defensive line.
We just have to dig in and hope we can turn things around.
4 also dig into something informalDF to start eating food that is in front of you:
Go on - dig in!
He was already digging into his pie and chips.

dig into something

phrasal verb
1 to start using a supply of something, especially money:
I'm going to have to dig into my savings again.
2 to try to find out about something unknown or secret:
He had been digging into her past.
dig in

dig something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1 to get something out of earth, snow etc using a spade or your hands
dig something ↔ out of
We had to dig the car out of a snow drift.
2 to find something you have not seen for a long time, or that is not easy to find:
I must remember to dig out that book for you.

dig something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to remove something from the earth using a spade:
I'll dig up that plant and move it.
2 to remove the surface of an area of ground, road etc, or to make holes in it:
They're digging up the road just outside my flat.
3 to find hidden or forgotten information by careful searching:
They tried to dig up something from his past to spoil his chances of being elected.

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