dig in

dug in; digging in; digs 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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Democrats and Republicans were both digging in, arguing that the other side would take the blame, effectively playing a game of political chicken. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "Government shutdown: How'd we get here? Where do Pa., N.J. lawmakers stand? What would close?," 19 Jan. 2018 The young boys in First Graders (1984) and Where Is the Friend’s House? (1987) dig in their heels against authority figures who issue pointless orders and brandish threats. Max Nelson, Harper's magazine, "The All-Seeing Eye," 10 June 2019 The Syrian troops garrisoned there were well-equipped and dug in. The Economist, "Bashar al-Assad’s ruinous campaign to retake Idlib from Syrian rebels," 6 June 2019 The choice was bleak: telling Westmoreland no in an admission of failure or digging in deeper with no end in sight. Thomas Powers, The New York Review of Books, "The Fog of Ambition," 6 June 2019 Push the corner of the blade downwards and perforate the lid of the can by digging in at an angle. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener," 21 May 2019 The bra incorporates cooling gel straps that are not only comfortable, but also mold to the shoulders of the wearer, preventing it from digging in from the weight of your chest. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Anesi Bra Adapts to Your Ever-Changing Breast Size," 10 Aug. 2018 The program consisted of four hours of digging in the soil on a Saturday, a little life advice from Ellis himself and a $20 reward after the work was finished. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We're gonna take our hands off the trigger and put them in the soil.' Storytellers share words of hope 50 years after civil rights marches," 31 May 2018 The sow and its three cubs had a history of digging in trash cans, Marsh said. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Two trash-seeking brown bear cubs killed by Fish and Game in the Eagle River area," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of dig in

1827, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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