dig1 S3 [dıg] v past tense and past participle dug [dʌg] present participle digging
[Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Perhaps from Old English dic 'ditch']
1.) [I and T]
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.) [T]
to remove something, especially vegetables, from the ground using a ↑spade
freshly dug carrots
3.) [I,T 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 sb 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.) [T] old-fashioned to like something
I dig that hat!
dig in phr v
1.) dig sth<=>in also dig sth into sth
to mix something into soil by digging
Dig some fertiliser into the soil first.
2.) also dig (sth) into sth
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 sth<=>in
He dug his spurs in and urged his horse on.
I could feel one of the hooks digging in.
3.) 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 sth
informal to start eating food that is in front of you
Go in - dig in!
He was already digging into his pie and chips.
dig into [dig into sth] phr v
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 out [dig sth<=>out] phr v
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 up [dig sth<=>up] phr v
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.
dig 2
dig2 n
1.) a joke or remark that you make to annoy or criticize someone
dig at
He couldn't resist a dig at the referee.
Here was a chance to have a dig at trade unionists.
2.) give sb a dig
to push someone quickly and lightly with your finger or elbow
Ginnie gave her sister a dig in the ribs.
3.) an organized process of digging in order to find ancient objects for study
an archaeological dig
4.) digs [plural] BrE old-fashioned a room that you pay rent to live in
in digs
He's 42 and still living in digs .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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