[ durt ]
/ dɜrt /
any foul or filthy substance, as mud, grime, dust, or excrement.
earth or soil, especially when loose.
something or someone vile, mean, or worthless: After that last outburst of hers I thought she was dirt.
moral filth; vileness; corruption.
obscene or lewd language: to talk dirt.
Informal. gossip, especially of a malicious, lurid, or scandalous nature: Tell me all the latest dirt.
private or personal information which if made public would create a scandal or ruin the reputation of a person, company, etc.
- crude, broken ore or waste.
- (in placer mining) the material from which gold is separated by washing.
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do (someone) dirt. dirty(def 18).
eat dirt, Informal. to accept blame, guilt, criticism, or insults without complaint; humble or abase oneself: The prosecutor seemed determined to make the defendant eat dirt.
Origin of dirt
1250–1300; Middle English dirt, drit; cognate with Old Norse drit excrement; compare Old English drītan
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British Dictionary definitions for eat dirt
/ (dɜːt) /
any unclean substance, such as mud, dust, excrement, etc; filth
loose earth; soil
- packed earth, gravel, cinders, etc, used to make a racetrack
- (as modifier)a dirt track
mining the gravel or soil from which minerals are extracted
a person or thing regarded as worthless
obscene or indecent speech or writing
slang gossip; scandalous information
do someone dirt slang to do something vicious to someone
dish the dirt informal to spread malicious gossip
eat dirt slang to accept insult without complaining
treat someone like dirt to have no respect or consideration for someone
Word Origin for dirt
C13: from Old Norse drit excrement; related to Middle Dutch drēte
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Idioms and Phrases with eat dirt
In addition to the idiom beginning with dirt
- dirt cheap
- dirty joke
- dirty look, give a
- dirty one's hands
- dirty tricks
- dirty work
- dig up (dirt)
- dish the dirt
- eat crow (dirt)
- hit the deck (dirt)
- pay dirt
- treat like dirt
Also see underdirty.
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