Adjective "dig" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Break up and move earth with a tool or machine, or with hands, paws, snout, etc.
  1. with object 'she had to dig the garden'
  2. 'Whatever we think about the truth or otherwise of this piece of ancient Irish history the story received a boost some years later, when men were digging up the soil along this area.'
  3. 'But the pigs are really great: they're extremely friendly creatures and love digging up the rough land.'
  4. 'The roads, which had been dug up have become slushy.'
  5. 'He points to the countryside that has been dug up, blasted, landscaped to make way for some of the most beautiful resorts on the earth.'
  6. 'The ground has been dug up all over to put up tents and huge screens for the programme starting Friday.'
  7. 'The ground should be dug over to loosen the earth.'
  8. 'The most recent piece of legislation in this area was the Telegraph Act of 1863 which had loose restrictions on digging up roads.'
  9. '‘This had to be completed before any more capital works as the roads would simply have had to be dug up again,’ she said.'
  10. 'But under the new regulations, firms which take too long to complete the job, or start digging up the road not long after another company has left, will face stiff sanctions.'
  11. 'But the surrounding land is being dug up by general contractors working for the employers' agents.'
  12. 'he took a spade and dug a hole'
  13. 'Here though, in the local graveyard, the sweat and the labour of the man who digs the grave seem even closer to the eternal.'
  14. 'I've got other members of the family digging the graves.'
  15. 'At one action project, participants dug holes to place signs at a new park.'
  16. 'For even though the mother turtle carefully and craftily dug a hole, laid the eggs and then patted the sand down, they were found.'
  17. 'Around 40,000 holes are dug each year in London's roads alone.'
  18. 'He went out and bought a spade and began digging a grave.'
  19. 'They also steal tulip and crocus bulbs from newly planted beds, dig holes in gardens to get at seeds and bury nuts, and gobble seed from bird feeders.'
  20. 'They were forced to dig a hole in the grave to bury the statue.'
  21. 'Then they dug the hole wider so that they could pull the statue out.'
  22. 'With the trowel, he dug a little hole, making it just deep enough that the grain sprout would still be able to push through the dirt on top of it.'
  23. 'the water board came and dug the cable up'
  24. 'Dahlias are best dug up and brought in when the foliage has been blacked by the first frosts, although warmer winters do give them a better chance of surviving in the garden.'
  25. 'The dogs from next door often burrow under the fence and into my garden digging up plants.'
  26. 'The movie ends with a harrowing scene of the father digging up his son's coffin, only to discover a piece of wood inside the box.'
  27. 'Is it still there, waiting to be dug up like buried treasure?'
  28. 'It's also worthwhile surrounding your pots and trays with netting (or prickly holly clippings) to prevent these rodents digging up the seeds.'
  29. 'Some flower thieves were fined just last month for digging up 300 quid's worth from a Norfolk garden.'
  30. 'We must have been down there a hour and a half whilst the guide, an ex-miner showed us how coal was dug up in Victorian times right up to the mechanised way they do it nowadays.'
  31. 'The bones of legendary outlaw Robin Hood may have been dug up in the mid-18th Century, according to a history buff.'
  32. 'I will put a stone plaque over the place where we have reburied them so they are never dug up again.'
  33. 'Exhausted by their previous encounters, both armies dug in for battles that were precursors to the trench warfare of World War I.'
  34. 'Eventually, they were forced to retreat, and moved north to the River Aisne where they dug in, setting the pattern of trench warfare for the next four years.'
  35. 'On June 26, the battalion had moved up and begun to dig in to a new position when the tell-tale sound of an incoming shell was heard.'
  36. 'US intelligence estimates there are about 3,000 insurgents dug in behind defences and booby traps in the city of about 300,000 people.'
  37. 'The soldiers were dug in on both sides of the bridge from where they mounted a deafening defence using tanks, artillery and RPGs.'
  38. 'So they dug in and trench warfare lasted for the next 3 years.'
  39. 'They were like soldiers in the trenches when they dug in to repel waves of attack when beating the Dutch 1-0 at Lansdowne Road in the qualifiers.'
  40. 'Fighting against well dug in troops and defences that had been prepared years in advance they clawed their way over the dunes and onto the coastlines and into the hedgerows.'
  41. 'He says about 15,000 soldiers are dug in, ready to defend the city.'
  42. 'No convincing pyre sites were found, possibly because of the way the site was dug.'
  43. 'The experts moved on to the site on Monday last week and began digging in search of any historical remains.'
  44. 'Close attention had to be paid to stratification while digging, and his excavation assistants had to be properly trained.'
  45. 'On one of the three mounds on the machair there is Iron Age and Pictish pottery, and this summer we will dig the site to see if there was a sequence of farms in those periods.'
  46. 'Hundreds of such bottles were recovered from a site being dug for construction of a Guest House for the Bangalore District Police.'
  47. 'It was also unusual, he added, to be digging a site as recent as the 1880s for the express purpose of adding to local knowledge.'
  48. 'Despite my protests, I dug in heartily, taking a big bite of the savory food.'
  49. 'Tommy picked up his spoon and began to dig in, too.'
  50. 'Go on, now, fill up your plate and dig in.'
  51. 'He suspected she'd still manage to catch every nuance of his reaction, though, so he took his spoon and dug in with all the heartiness he could summon.'
  52. 'By now the guests have started to hover around the buffet and Ismail, who is showing discreet signs of kitchen-fatigue, encourages all to dig in.'
  53. 'Then a cake of gelled fruits coated with sugar and cream was placed before Alexander, and he dug in heartily.'
  54. 'Loving the smell of the meal in front of her (a green chili sauce for a chicken and a pile of home-made tortillas), she began digging in.'
  55. 'Scoop it out onto a plate and dig in.'
Push or poke sharply.
  1. 'I dug my fingers into his side, poking him between his ribs.'
  2. 'I dug my hands in further, pushing, cursing at the stupidity.'
  3. 'Ryan pushed his hands deeper into his pocket, digging his nails in his palms to assure himself he was awake.'
  4. 'Ignoring the pain, Matt dug his hands into the floor and shards, pushing himself upward and sprinting after the assassin.'
  5. 'Watching him go, I dug my elbow into Chase, pushing him away from me.'
  6. 'When he teased me, but in a way that didn't deserve a truly biting retort, I pushed his chest lightly, or dug a finger into his waist.'
  7. 'The hand on her shoulder tightened, each digit digging sharply into her skin.'
  8. 'He dug his hands into his pockets, pushed himself off the wall.'
  9. 'Sighing, she dug her feet in and began pushing again, struggling to pass over all the grass while cutting around the ant piles that dotted the yard.'
  10. 'He dug his hands deeper into his pockets and pushed his house keys into his palm between the thumb and his finger.'
  11. 'Catherine dug into her handbag and produced her card'
  12. 'They dug through their handbags for suitable implements to rescue them.'
  13. 'I dug through my pockets, searching frantically for it, and I hadn't lost it.'
  14. 'Jason dug into one of the pouches on his belt and took out a small camera and began to take pictures.'
  15. 'Unzipping the bag, she dug through the contents until she found what she was searching for.'
  16. 'I dug into the case and flipped out a photo and the printed letter that went with it.'
  17. 'After deciding that all signs of the injury were well hidden she began digging through the closet yet again in search of a shirt.'
  18. 'It does the search of the search engines for you, digging through ten search engines to generate your results.'
  19. 'He dug around for a few seconds in search of his cell-phone, but eventually gave up.'
  20. 'Emily dug through the drawer, quickly searching for a black sock.'
  21. 'Again she said his name not expecting an answer, as she dug though his clothes and searched the room.'
  22. 'With a natural talent for research, the Scorpio child wants to dig to the bottom of everything.'
  23. 'As host, his job was to conduct an interesting conversation rather than dig for historical footnotes.'
  24. 'It is a challenge to historians of American economic development to dig more deeply and more broadly in future research.'
  25. 'She digs deeper in her investigation, trying to get at the shared assumptions which underlie her subjects' diverse approaches to choosing and remaining with a partner.'
  26. 'The program allows participants to dig deeper and engage in more robust conversations than in programs where attendees hail from different fields.'
  27. 'It is when actions do not fit the character that the investigator starts to dig a little harder.'
  28. 'Any researcher who has dug hard to find ‘the truth’ knows that it is rarely found in the media.'
  29. 'But it's a debate worth engaging in - especially today as marketers dig deeper into what drives consumer behavior.'
  30. 'However, it always pays to dig deeper into a company's background before you invest to be aware of any inherent risks.'
  31. 'The researchers kept digging and uncovered one of the most complete skeletons ever found from this time period, the middle Miocene epoch.'
  32. 'they dug out last year's notes'
  33. 'Let me dig out a pen.'
  34. 'Releasing my now trembling hand, she searched through her black purse, digging out a lighter and pack of cigarettes.'
  35. 'I could dig out old journals and search but that's an activity fraught with danger.'
  36. 'Eventually, his research team dug up the English translation and the original story in Chinese and figured out what was going on.'
  37. 'The girls on the next to the back pew would inevitably dig out some gum or candy and share with the guys on the back pew.'
Like, appreciate, or understand.
  1. 'We have fought hundreds of hours on that map and I really dig the steep rocks you can jump out from into the frozen river.'
  2. 'Now that the fake holidays have made me understand the holiday cheer a little bit, I can dig some of the real ones, like Halloween or New Years.'
  3. 'Don't even start on how there are some chicks who dig them.'
  4. 'Like I said, it took me by surprise and I would recommend it to anyone who currently digs the rock thing, even if it's too heavy at times.'
  5. 'If you dig scratchy lead guitars and appreciate real good Hard Rock, that has come through a lot of neo-influences, then this album is for you.'
  6. 'Some melodies may be too bland for those who dig their rock with more pop.'


An act or spell of digging.
  1. 'Speaking at the scene of the dig, the Detective said the witness had reported a sighting of both boys on the morning of their disappearance.'
  2. 'It is a time for a drive in the country, a dig in the garden, a football game or a family dinner.'
  3. 'I also had a bit of a dig in the garden, clearing some weeds and replanting some of the shrubs that I had moved into pots for winter.'
  4. 'We're not against the motorway and we're not insisting that the dig go on indefinitely, but we want it done properly, with due regard for the importance of this site.'
  5. 'He said the parents of the two boys had expressed relief at the ending of the dig, which began on Monday.'
  6. 'An exploratory dig on Charles Street pay and display car park, the proposed library site, has uncovered evidence of dwellings dating back to the early Middle Ages.'
  7. 'When an archaeological dig takes place, the position of each ‘find’ is carefully recorded on a plan of the area.'
  8. 'During a new dig, he has now discovered a rare Viking buckle with a ‘wonderful runic design’ dating back to the 10th century.'
  9. 'But a spokeswoman for the company said it was happy, regardless, to let the dig continue until its natural conclusion.'
  10. 'The dig has already uncovered a whet stone, which would have been used for sharpening knives, and a piece of a pottery jug dated back to at least the 17th century.'
  11. 'We found a grinding wheel during the dig, so one theory is that the water may have been pumped from the river through the culvert to power the machinery.'
  12. 'Three other artifacts found in the dig initially seemed at odds with a trash pit scenario.'
  13. 'Do you think I could look around the dig for a while?'
  14. 'All the dig revealed was natural chalk and flint glacial deposits, the archaeologist said.'
  15. 'But time is running out for the dig which is scheduled to finish by February 14 when developers move on to the site…'
  16. 'The training dig, which will last until September 5, is on the site of the mediaeval hospital of St Leonard's.'
A push or poke with one's elbow, finger, etc.
  1. 'He didn't seem to mind making cracks likely to earn him a dig in the ribs from his fiancée, Chanelle, whom he subsequently married.'
  2. 'My remark provoked a loud laugh from the guide, a clap on the shoulder and a dig in the ribs, which I regarded as so many tributes to my skill in theological dialectic.'
  3. 'All three took the digs, the elbows, the studs-up tackles and the raking down the shins and moved on.'
  4. 'In the first line-out he gave me a dig in the ribs, pinched my ball and waltzed off down the field with no one the wiser.'
  5. 'The Flemish version of the news item has a dig at Dutch cuisine, because they only got two 2-star restaurants.'
  6. 'The show also takes a dig at current Anglo-American relations.'
  7. 'Both times it's over something apparently insignificant that - I'm later told by someone at Island - Heidi interprets as a dig at her and her background.'
  8. 'He made a pointed dig at France, Germany and Belgium.'
  9. 'A message inside some bags and backpacks takes a dig at an unidentified president - but you have to know the secret language to understand it.'
  10. 'Having said all that, I can't pretend to agree with every policy of the two great powers mentioned above and will continue to have a dig at them as the need arises.'
  11. 'Most hilarious moments came when poets took a dig at politicians.'
  12. 'His statement was a clear dig at the negative reaction to his claim last weekend that a gay clique in the Democratic Alliance was behind sexual harassment allegations against him.'
  13. 'Unintentionally or not, it even takes a dig at humans.'
  14. 'It savages venal music industry poseurs and also takes a dig at the clash between ‘art’ and pop culture.'

More definitions

1. to break up, turn over, or remove earth, sand, etc., as with a shovel, spade, bulldozer, or claw; make an excavation.

2. to make one's way or work by or as by removing or turning over material: to dig through the files. verb (used with object), dug or (Archaic) digged, digging.

3. to break up, turn over, or loosen (earth, sand, etc.), as with a shovel, spade, or bulldozer (often followed by up).

4. to form or excavate (a hole

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be dig in fields."

"people can be dig."

"journalists can be dig."


(dig)Middle English: perhaps from Old English dīc ‘ditch’.


dig the dirt (or dig up dirt)
dig a hole for oneself (or dig oneself into a hole)
dig in one's heels (or toes or feet)
dig's one's own grave