I dig out strings of beads so impertinently large that they could never have been spat from the mere entrails of an oyster.
Put on a scarf and mittens, dig out your car, get on your bike, strap on some skis, or head to the subway.
Yesin hopes the investigation will “dig out the truth” and let his reporter go free.
As people from Chicago to New York dig out from a foot or more of snow, the second wave of an Arctic attack begins.
A new leader is required in the new year to dig out from the rubble of the Obamacare disaster.
Sit up, and let me dig out your eyes, and cut off your nose, ears and fingers—for you must die by inches!
This they do in holes which they dig out with their flappers in the sand.
Her husband tore it down, and used it for building out-houses; he also attempted to dig out the corner-stone, but failed.
Finally we had to dig out the crowbar and I went to work on the top.
Anybody who stays here has to dig out education for himself.
early 14c. (diggen), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to dike and ditch, either via Old French diguer (ultimately from a Germanic source), or directly from an unrecorded Old English word. Native words were deolfan (see delve), grafan (see grave (v.)).
Slang sense of "understand" first recorded 1934 in Black English, probably based on the notion of "excavate." A slightly varied sense of "appreciate" emerged 1939. Strong past participle dug appeared 16c., but is not etymological. Related: Digging.
late 17c. as "a tool for digging," from dig (v.). Meaning "archaeological expedition" is from 1896. Meaning "thrust or poke" (as with an elbow) is from 1819; figurative sense of this is from 1840.
[the cool senses, originally black, are probably related to the early 19th-century sense, ''study hard, strive to understand'']