dig in


Definition of dig in 

transitive verb

1 : to cover or incorporate by burying dig in compost

2 : to establish in a dug defensive position the platoon was well dug in

intransitive verb

1 : to establish a defensive position especially by digging trenches

2a : to go resolutely to work

b : to begin eating

3 : to hold stubbornly to a position

4 : to scuff the ground for better footing while batting (as in baseball)

dig in one's heels

: to take or persist in an uncompromising position or attitude despite opposition

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Amid the criticism, the president dug in Monday, blaming Democrats for the crisis. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Babies torn from immigrant parents land in Michigan: 'They need diapers'," 19 June 2018 Then after Nze missed the front end of a bonus situation with 24.2 seconds left, UWM again dug in its heels and kept the Raiders from getting a good look at a potential game-tying three. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UWM 66, Wright State 61: Panthers shock Horizon League-leading Raiders," 20 Jan. 2018 The sides have dug in on Banister's comments from Saturday afternoon. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: The flawed thinking of those miffed by Banister's comments," 3 June 2018 The other thing: defenders really start digging in today with the bench press and interviews. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "What's happening at the 2018 NFL combine on Saturday, March 3," 3 Mar. 2018 But after evening the score at 1 to 1 on a penalty shot early on, the Russians dug in, keeping the Spanish at bay for nearly two hours. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Moscow Celebrates After Surprise World Cup Win," 1 July 2018 Kids ages eight to 12 can really dig in with the Kids’ Dig Program for a full day of paleontology wonder. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Dinosaurs in real-life: Where to find them around the US," 26 June 2018 Then dig in—and try not to eat all the avocado first. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Sorry, Hotdogs: These Grilled Carrots With Avocado Are My Perfect Summer Food," 18 June 2018 The contestants dig in at the annual Bullitt Count Fair watermelon eating contest. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ever dreamed of having your art hang in City Hall? Now's your chance," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of dig in

1827, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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