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v. dug (dŭg), dig·ging, digs
1. To break up, turn over, or remove (earth or sand, for example), as with a shovel, spade, or snout, or with claws, paws or hands.
a. To make or form by removing earth or other material: dig a trench; dug my way out of the snow.
b. To prepare (soil) by loosening or cultivating.
a. To obtain or unearth by digging: dig coal out of a seam; dug potatoes from a field.
b. To obtain or find by an action similar to digging: dug a dollar out of his pocket; dug the puck out of the corner.
4. To learn or discover by careful research or investigation: dug up the evidence; dug out the real facts.
5. To force down and into something; thrust: dug his foot in the ground.
6. To poke or prod: dug me in the ribs.
7. Sports To strike or redirect (a ball) just before it hits the ground, keeping it in play, as in tennis or volleyball.
8. Slang
a. To understand fully: Do you dig what I mean?
b. To like, enjoy, or appreciate: "They really dig our music and, daddy, I dig swinging for them" (Louis Armstrong).
c. To take notice of: Dig that wild outfit.
1. To loosen, turn over, or remove earth or other material.
2. To make one's way by or as if by pushing aside or removing material: dug through the files.
3. Slang To have understanding: Do you dig?
1. A poke or thrust: a sharp dig in the ribs.
2. A sarcastic, taunting remark; a gibe.
3. An archaeological excavation.
4. Sports An act or an instance of digging a ball.
5. digs Lodgings.
Phrasal Verb:
dig in
1. To dig trenches for protection.
2. To hold on stubbornly, as to a position; entrench oneself.
3. To begin to work intensively.
4. To begin to eat heartily.
dig in (one's) heels
To resist opposition stubbornly; refuse to yield or compromise.
dig it out
Slang To run as fast as one can, especially as a base runner in baseball.

[Middle English diggen; perhaps akin to Old French digue, dike, trench; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.]
Our Living Language In its slang sense of "to enjoy," dig is one of the many words and expressions that come from African American Vernacular English. Like cool, it is first recorded in 1930s jazz circles. While several AAVE expressions that have entered colloquial American English from jazz still have musical associations, many others do not, and quite a few are so ordinary today that their origin in AAVE is not at all obvious. Some are no longer regarded as slang, such as badmouth, cakewalk, nitty-gritty, and main man. Others, like fox (sexy woman), gig, and chump change are still slang or informal. Of course, American slang has received terms from other musical genres besides jazz and rap. For instance, emo was first used for an often "emotional" genre of rock music originating in the 1980s, and has since been extended to mean "angst-filled, melancholy, or sad."
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dig in

vb (adverb)
1. (Military) military to create (a defensive position) by digging foxholes, trenches, etc
2. informal to entrench (oneself) firmly
3. (intr) informal to defend or maintain a position firmly, as in an argument
4. (intr) informal to begin vigorously to eat: don't wait, just dig in.
5. dig one's heels in informal to refuse stubbornly to move or be persuaded
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dig in - occupy a trench or secured area; "The troops dug in for the night"
2.dig in - eat heartily; "The food was placed on the table and the children pitched in"
eat - take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
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w>dig in

(also dig oneself in: Mil, fig) → sich eingraben; the pickets are digging in for a long strikedie Streikposten stellen sich auf einen langen Streik ein
(inf: = eat) → reinhauen (inf)
vt sep
compostunter- or eingraben
(Mil) troops, tankseingraben
to dig one’s heels in (lit)die Hacken in den Boden stemmen; (fig)sich auf die Hinterbeine stellen (inf)
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References in classic literature ?
"We'll dig in some place remote from the spot where the mountain casts its shadow.
Young echoed his manager's thoughts, but felt it was the sign of a good side that they could still dig in and grind out the win.
Here I reflect on the complicities and potentialities of two Toronto-based arts interventions: Dig In and the Dirty Plotz cabaret.