dig in

verb
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of dig in

1 : to cover or incorporate by burying
  • dig in compost
2 : to establish in a dug defensive position
  • the platoon was well dug in
1 : to establish a defensive position especially by digging trenches
2 a : 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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First Known Use of dig in

1827

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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