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      vb   , digs, digging, dug  
1    when tr, often foll by: up   to cut into, break up, and turn over or remove (earth, soil, etc.), esp. with a spade  
2    to form or excavate (a hole, tunnel, passage, etc.) by digging, usually with an implement or (of animals) with feet, claws, etc.  
to dig a tunnel     
3    often foll by: through   to make or force (one's way), esp. by removing obstructions  
he dug his way through the crowd     
4    tr; often foll by: out or up   to obtain by digging  
to dig potatoes, to dig up treasure     
5    tr; often foll by: out or up   to find or discover by effort or searching  
to dig out unexpected facts     
6    tr; foll by: in or into   to thrust or jab (a sharp instrument, weapon, etc.); poke  
he dug his spurs into the horse's side     
7    tr; foll by: in or into   to mix (compost, etc.) with soil by digging  
8    tr  
Informal   to like, understand, or appreciate  
9    intr     (U.S.)  
slang   to work hard, esp. for an examination  
10    intr     (Brit)  
informal   to have lodgings  
I dig in South London     
      n  
11    the act of digging  
12    a thrust or poke, esp. in the ribs  
13    a cutting or sarcastic remark  
14    Informal   an archaeological excavation,   (See also)        dig in       digs  
     (C13 diggen, of uncertain origin)  


Dig  
      n     (N.Z.)  
informal      short for       Digger       1  
dig.  
      abbrev. for   digest (book or summary)  
dig in  
      vb   adv  
1      (Military)   to provide (a defensive position) by digging foxholes, trenches, etc.  
2    Informal   to entrench (oneself) firmly  
3    intr  
Informal   to defend or maintain a position firmly, as in an argument  
4    intr  
Informal   to begin vigorously to eat  
don't wait, just dig in     
5    dig one's heels in  
Informal   to refuse stubbornly to move or be persuaded  
grim dig  
      n     (N.Z.)  
informal, obsolete   an obdurate soldier  
infra dig  
      adj   postpositive  
Informal   beneath one's dignity  
     (C19: from Latin phrase infra dignitatem)  
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Dig  
      n     (N.Z.)  
informal      short for       Digger       1  


dig  
      vb   , digs, digging, dug  
1    when tr, often foll by: up   to cut into, break up, and turn over or remove (earth, soil, etc.), esp. with a spade  
2    to form or excavate (a hole, tunnel, passage, etc.) by digging, usually with an implement or (of animals) with feet, claws, etc.  
to dig a tunnel     
3    often foll by: through   to make or force (one's way), esp. by removing obstructions  
he dug his way through the crowd     
4    tr; often foll by: out or up   to obtain by digging  
to dig potatoes, to dig up treasure     
5    tr; often foll by: out or up   to find or discover by effort or searching  
to dig out unexpected facts     
6    tr; foll by: in or into   to thrust or jab (a sharp instrument, weapon, etc.); poke  
he dug his spurs into the horse's side     
7    tr; foll by: in or into   to mix (compost, etc.) with soil by digging  
8    tr  
Informal   to like, understand, or appreciate  
9    intr     (U.S.)  
slang   to work hard, esp. for an examination  
10    intr     (Brit)  
informal   to have lodgings  
I dig in South London     
      n  
11    the act of digging  
12    a thrust or poke, esp. in the ribs  
13    a cutting or sarcastic remark  
14    Informal   an archaeological excavation,   (See also)        dig in       digs  
     (C13 diggen, of uncertain origin)  
dig.  
      abbrev. for   digest (book or summary)  
dig in  
      vb   adv  
1      (Military)   to provide (a defensive position) by digging foxholes, trenches, etc.  
2    Informal   to entrench (oneself) firmly  
3    intr  
Informal   to defend or maintain a position firmly, as in an argument  
4    intr  
Informal   to begin vigorously to eat  
don't wait, just dig in     
5    dig one's heels in  
Informal   to refuse stubbornly to move or be persuaded  
grim dig  
      n     (N.Z.)  
informal, obsolete   an obdurate soldier  
infra dig  
      adj   postpositive  
Informal   beneath one's dignity  
     (C19: from Latin phrase infra dignitatem)  

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dig

  

      vb  
1    break up, burrow, delve, excavate, gouge, grub, hoe, hollow out, mine, penetrate, pierce, quarry, scoop, till, tunnel, turn over  
2    drive, jab, poke, prod, punch, thrust  
3    delve, dig down, go into, investigate, probe, research, search  
4      (with)       out or up   bring to light, come across, come up with, discover, expose, extricate, find, retrieve, root     (informal)   rootle, uncover, unearth, uproot  
5      (informal)   appreciate, enjoy, follow, groove     (dated slang)   like, understand  
      n  
6    jab, poke, prod, punch, thrust  
7    barb, crack     (slang)   cutting remark, gibe, insult, jeer, quip, sneer, taunt, wisecrack     (informal)  


dig in  
1    defend, entrench, establish, fortify, maintain  
2      (informal)   begin, fall to, set about, start eating, tuck in     (informal)  

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dig., dig in, digs, grim dig

to dig nnpl.
to make a hole in ground, with a spade for example

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v.
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
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