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diggings

[dig-ingz for 1–3; dig-uh nz for 4] /ˈdɪg ɪŋz for 1–3; ˈdɪg ənz for 4/
noun
1.
(usually used with a singular verb) a place where digging is carried on.
2.
(used with a plural verb) a mining operation or locality.
3.
(used with a plural verb) something that is removed from an excavation.
4.
(used with a plural verb) Chiefly British Informal. dig1 (def 11).
Origin of diggings
1530-1540
First recorded in 1530-40; dig1 + -ing1 + -s3
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Examples from the Web for diggings
Historical Examples
  • These are not exactly what we should call 'diggings' in London, are they?

  • In Brazil the diggings were not so extensive nor so rich as in this state.

  • It is this that forces us to seek his diggings, to trace, if possible, his footsteps.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The diggings were in the mountain side at varying distances.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • The very time that he swore he was on his way from San Francisco to the diggings!

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil
  • In May of that year there were about a hundred men at the diggings in the Vaal fields.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • We learned from her that she was the only womankind on the 'diggings.'

  • He continued immediately, "You say this was found in the diggings in the ruins?"

    Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz
  • No chance that one of them pitched the thing into the diggings for an Earthside sensation?

    Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz
  • I come down from the diggings with Mr. Overton this morning.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for diggings

diggings

/ˈdɪɡɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
(functioning as pl) material that has been dug out
2.
(functioning as singular or pl) a place where mining, esp gold mining, has taken place
3.
(functioning as pl) (Brit, informal) a less common name for digs
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Slang definitions & phrases for diggings

digs 1

noun

Lodgings; quarters: Your digs, or mine? (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Word Value for diggings

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