verb (used without object), dug or (Archaic) digged, dig·ging.
verb (used with object), dug or (Archaic) digged, dig·ging.
- to dig trenches, as in order to defend a position in battle.
- to maintain one's opinion or position.
- to start eating.
- to remove earth or debris from by digging.
- to hollow out by digging.
- to find by searching: to dig out facts for a term paper.
- to discover in the course of digging.
- to locate; find: to dig up information.
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verb digs, digging or dug
Word Origin for dig
Idioms and Phrases with dig in
Excavate trenches to defend oneself in battle and hold one's position, as in The battalion dug in and held on. This usage gained currency in the trench warfare of World War I. [Mid-1800s]
Also, dig in one's heels. Adopt a firm position, be obstinate and unyielding. For example, Arthur refused to argue the point and simply dug in, or The dog dug in its heels and refused to move. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
Begin to work intensively, as in If we all dig in it'll be done before dark. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
Also, dig into. Begin to eat heartily, as in Even before all the food was on the table they began to dig in, or When the bell rang, the kids all dug into their lunches. [Colloquial; early 1900s]