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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As much as Amazon wanted flashy new digs in the city that never sleeps, the long-term effects of spreading its largess and diversifying the locations of its talent pool could be manifold. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Amazon’s New York U-Turn Is Good for America’s Tech Economy," 16 Feb. 2019 Amazon had a crippling effect on Seattle’s housing market, and most tech workers can’t afford good digs in San Francisco, either. Lisa Selin Davis, Curbed, "Amazon’s New York City move is bad for the city—and for Amazon’s employees," 20 Nov. 2018 With so many different mechanics in one game, Root could end up being a tough one to teach, but the gorgeous artwork and intriguing premise have us eager to dig in further. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018," 11 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, reporters are digging in to how Definers operated. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook’s crisis PR firm triggered a PR crisis," 17 Nov. 2018 The 42-year-old dropped another shot at the second, but to his credit, Woods then dug in his heels to arrest the slide. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "US Open: Savage Shinnecock Hills humbles golf stars," 14 June 2018 Minus charges, the coach could have dug in stubborn heels and fought to regain his position — and reputation. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Timing of Toreros' coaching turmoil threatens to blunt unmatched momentum," 8 Mar. 2018 But after citizens called attention to the discrepancy, Saucedo and commissioners dug in instead of fixing the problem. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Old scores, new charges enliven Maverick County judge race," 23 Feb. 2018 But as living here gets more expensive, and as the city’s elite dig in to protect their left-wing haven from disruption and change, Austin risks becoming the San Francisco of the South—an expensive playground for wealthy progressives. John Daniel Davidson, WSJ, "Austin Votes to Keep the Books Closed," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dig in

1827, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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