Nearby words

  1. diffusor,
  2. diflorasone diacetate,
  3. difluence,
  4. diflunisal,
  5. difunctional,
  6. dig down,
  7. dig in,
  8. dig one's own grave,
  9. dig out,
  10. dig up

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 up

Dig

noun

NZ informal short for Digger (def. 1)

dig

verb digs, digging or dug

(when tr, often foll by up) to cut into, break up, and turn over or remove (earth, soil, etc), esp with a spade
to form or excavate (a hole, tunnel, passage, etc) by digging, usually with an implement or (of animals) with feet, claws, etcto dig a tunnel
(often foll by through) to make or force (one's way), esp by removing obstructionshe dug his way through the crowd
(tr; often foll by out or up) to obtain by diggingto dig potatoes; to dig up treasure
(tr; often foll by out or up) to find or discover by effort or searchingto dig out unexpected facts
(tr; foll by in or into) to thrust or jab (a sharp instrument, weapon, etc); pokehe dug his spurs into the horse's side
(tr; foll by in or into) to mix (compost, etc) with soil by digging
(tr) informal to like, understand, or appreciate
(intr) US slang to work hard, esp for an examination
(intr) British informal to have lodgingsI dig in South London

noun

the act of digging
a thrust or poke, esp in the ribs
a cutting or sarcastic remark
informal an archaeological excavation
See also dig in, digs

Word Origin for dig

C13 diggen, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for dig up
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Idioms and Phrases with dig up

dig up

1

Search out, find, obtain, as in I'm sure I can dig up a few more supporters. [Mid-1800s]

2

dig up some dirt or the dirt. Find derogatory information about someone or something. For example, The editor assigned him to dig up all the dirt on the candidates. The slangy use of the noun dirt for “embarrassing or scandalous information” dates from about 1840, but this metaphoric expression is a century newer.

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