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Synonyms of dig in English:


  • 1 they dug my garden for me he grabbed a shovel and began to dig
    cultivate, till, harrow, plough, turn over, work, break up, spade;
    delve, break up soil, break up earth, break up ground, move soil/earth
  • 2 they tried to dig a tunnel under the house
    excavate, dig out, quarry, hollow out, scoop out, gouge out, cut, bore, tunnel, burrow, mine, channel
  • 3 there were no cows to milk and no vegetables to dig
    unearth, dig up, pull up, grub up, root up, root out, bring to the surface, extract from the ground;
    harvest, gather, collect
  • 4 Winnie dug her elbow into his ribs
  • 5 they asked questions and dug into my past
    delve, probe, search, enquire, look;
    North American  check out
  • 6 informal, dated he's great and I dig talking with him See like1 (sense 2)
  • 7 informal, dated this art is symbolic—do you dig me? See understand (sense 1)
  • Phrases

    dig something up
  • 1 the bodies were hastily dug up
    exhume, disinter, unearth, bring to the surface, bring out of the ground
  • 2 they dug up scandalous facts about top businessmen
    uncover, unearth, dredge up, root out, hunt out, ferret out, nose out, sniff out, track down, extricate, find (out), turn up, come across, discover, detect, reveal, bring to light, bring into the open, expose
  • noun

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  • 1 Emma gave me a dig in the ribs
  • 2 informal they're always making digs at one another
    snide remark, cutting remark, jibe, jeer, taunt, sneer, insult, barb, slur, slight, affront, insinuation
    informal wisecrack, crack, put-down
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