verb (digging; past and past participle dug /dʌg/)
1 [no object] break up and move earth with a tool or machine, or with hands, paws, snout, etc.:the boar had been digging for roots [with object]:she had to dig the gardenauthorities cause chaos by digging up roads
[with object] make (a hole, grave, etc.) by digging:he took a spade and dug a hole (as adjective dug)the newly dug grave
[with object and adverbial] extract from the ground by breaking up and moving earth:the water board came and dug the cable up
(dig in) (of a soldier) protect oneself by digging a trench or similar ground defence.
(dig in) informal begin eating heartily.
[with object] excavate (an archaeological site):apart from digging a site, recording evidence is important
2 [with object] push or poke sharply:he dug his hands into his pockets
[no object, with adverbial] search or rummage in a specified place:Catherine dug into her handbag and produced her card
[no object] engage in research; conduct an investigation:he had no compunction about digging into her private affairs
(dig something up/out) bring out or discover something after a search or investigation:they dug out last year’s noteshave you dug up any information on the captain?
3 [with object] informal like, appreciate, or understand:I really dig heavy rock
1 [in singular] an act or spell of digging:a thorough dig of the whole plot
[count noun] an archaeological excavation.
2a push or poke with one’s elbow, finger, etc.:Ginnie gave her sister a dig in the ribs
informal a remark intended to mock or criticize:she never missed an opportunity to have a dig at him
dig the dirt (or dig up dirt)
informal discover and reveal damaging information about someone.
dig a hole for oneself (or dig oneself into a hole)
get oneself into an awkward or restrictive situation.
dig in one's heels (or toes or feet)
resist stubbornly; refuse to give in:officials dug their heels in on particular points