- 1A substance, such as mud or dust, that soils someone or something: his face was covered in dirtMore example sentences
- And these items are all covered in dust and dirt from the construction, and now sit on my windowsill.
- I was fully dressed, my pants stained brown with dirt and dust.
- The use of polythene cover protects it from wear and tear, dirt and dust, moisture and stains etc., and also avoids too much folding of the pages.
- 1.1Loose soil or earth; the ground: the soldier sagged to the dirtMore example sentences
- And this included not only the governments, but children who attend school sitting on the ground in the dirt.
- Her shoulders drooped and she looked down at the dusty ground, idly making a line in the loose dirt with her foot.
- I fell, but I grabbed at the edge and just caught it, but I soon realized that the dirt and ground in the area of the ravine we were in was loose.
- 1.2 [usually as modifier] Earth used to make a surface for a road, floor, or other area of ground: a dirt roadMore example sentences
- The dirt road down to the river passed by some clay banks.
- There's this dirt road that is in almost every dream I have.
- The 108-mile dirt road from Buchanan to Greenville has been upgraded to a four-lane highway allowing logging to continue every day of the year.
- 1.3 short for dirt track.
- 1.4 • informal Excrement: a lawn covered in dog dirtMore example sentences
- And broken vodka bottles, condoms, dog dirt and human excrement have turned the area into a menacing health hazard.
- As well as the majority of streetlights not working, it is still deeply unpleasant due mainly to being overgrown, as well as being persistently covered with litter and dog dirt.
- There are scenes with me cleaning up dog dirt in my glittering boots!
- 1.5A state or quality of uncleanliness: Pittsburgh used to be renowned for the sweat and dirt of industryMore example sentences
- The very name Grimethorpe conjures up an picture of dirt, decay and desolation.
- He also shows the underbelly of the city: its violence, flesh for hire, and atmosphere of poverty, dirt, and decay.
- What point is there in spending a fortune in promoting Scotland as a country to visit and to do business in when the first impression is one of third-world dirt and squalor.
- 1.6 • informal Gossip, especially information about someone’s activities or private life that could prove damaging if revealed: is there any dirt on Desmond?More example sentences
- Readers need some information quickly - dirt on candidates before Election Day, for instance.
- As you sidle up close you can hear voices swapping art world gossip, platitudes and dirt on various celebs, institutions and artists.
- Truth is that some news agencies can't wait to get dirt on the military so they can embarrass the Bush administration.
- 1.7 • informal A worthless or contemptible person or thing: she treats him like dirtMore example sentences
- One said: ‘She's got to get rid of him - he's got no respect for her and treats her like dirt.’
- I can guess how it feels when you wish you didn't have to smoke and for all your good intentions to give up, everyone treats you like dirt anyway.
- But what really strikes me about those people who have housekeepers, nannies, cleaners, gardeners and so on is how they boss them about, treat them like dirt and then complain about them.
do someone dirt (also do dirt to someone)
- • informal Harm someone’s reputation maliciously.More example sentences
- As a rule of thumb, it is safe to assume that your subordinates, peers and superiors do not lie awake at night thinking up ways to do you dirt.
- It is nothing more than the two men who did you dirt.
- You never know if the guy you slam today will be in a position to do you dirt tomorrow.
drag the name of someone (or something) through the dirt
- • informal Give someone or something a bad reputation through bad behavior or damaging revelations: he condemned players for dragging the name of football through the dirtMore example sentences
- He dragged my name through the dirt for no reason.
- For her beliefs, angry mobs harassed her, hung her in effigy, and dragged her image through the streets, while the press dragged her name through the mud.
- As commanding officer of the Scots Guards he told a pack of lies about Peter's murder and dragged his name through the dirt.
- • informal Suffer insults or humiliation: the film bombed at the box office and the critics made it eat dirtMore example sentences
- Down in the garage, the Maranello worker bees buzz about tinkering with the F2002 model, which left the competition eating dirt, and fine-tuning an updated F2003 version which promises more of the same.
- You can be rational and still find yourself eating dirt.
- Considering he failed in a bid to become manager of Crawley Town shortly before arriving at Tynecastle, he can hardly be blamed for eating dirt at present.
Middle English: from Old Norse drit 'excrement', an early sense in English.