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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Seriously, who wouldn't want to dig in a place so baroquely decorated, deathly warnings be damned? Tim Heffernan, Popular Mechanics, "Finland's Crazy Plan to Make Nuclear Waste Disappear," 10 May 2012 Meghan Markle's estranged half-sister, Samantha Markle, took the occasion as a chance to dig in and make the gulf between Meghan and her dad's side of the family a little wider. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Estranged Sister Posted a Savage Birthday Message to Prince Harry," 16 Sep. 2018 However, whilst France have generally displayed a strong will to dig in and work hard as a team when required to grind out results at this summer’s tournament, the industrious side of the game is much more Uruguay’s forte. SI.com, "Quality vs Fire: Why Uruguay's Clash With France Could Indicate How the World Cup Will Be Won," 4 July 2018 The owner of a Dalmatian, who likes to dig in the dirt in the backyard before coming into the white-decor home, was also thrilled with the MudBuster. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "The MudBuster Will Stop Your Dog From Tracking Mud Inside The House," 15 Feb. 2019 For dogs who are overeager and will want to chow these down right away, consider letting them soften a bit before letting Fido dig in. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Frozen 'Pupsicle' Treats for Your Special Pooch," 29 Aug. 2018 More people are speaking up and speaking out, but other people are digging in their heels. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "Oprah Announces a New Book Club Pick: A Novel About Love, Race and Wrongful Incarceration," 6 Feb. 2018 Forces backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been trying to capture the city for months, but have been held off by rebels dug in on its outskirts, with neither side willing to back down. Brian Rohan, The Seattle Times, "Expectations low as Yemen’s warring parties meet for talks," 4 Dec. 2018 OpenAI repeatedly targeted Roshan, a tactic that sometimes paid off (giving key heroes extra lives), but other times left their home territory undefended, giving the humans — a team of pro gamers from South America named paiN — a chance to dig in. James Vincent, The Verge, "Humans grab victory in first of three Dota 2 matches against OpenAI," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dig in

1827, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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