Origin of dig

1
1275–1325; Middle English diggen, perhaps representing an OE derivative of dīc ditch; Middle French diguer to dig (< Middle Dutch) is attested later and apparently not the immediate source
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British Dictionary definitions for dig out (1 of 2)

Dig

/ (dɪɡ) /

noun

NZ informal short for Digger (def. 1)

British Dictionary definitions for dig out (2 of 2)

dig

/ (dɪɡ) /

verb digs, digging or dug

noun

See also dig in, digs

Word Origin for dig

C13 diggen, of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with dig out

dig out


1

Extract, remove, as in He was determined to dig out every bit of metal he could find. [Late 1300s]

2

Find by searching for, as in He dug out his first contract from the file. [Mid-1800s]

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