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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The Abbasid rulers left Samarra to move back to Baghdad in 892CE; today pieces of the glass that once decorated its palaces and mosques are on display in museums around the world, mostly thanks to archaeological digs in the early 20th century. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018 Kanye got back to digging in the crates and chopping up samples from the likes of Yes, Soul Mann & the Brothers, and more. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Pusha T & Drake's Feud, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music Domination, XXXTentacion's Death, 'Scorpion' & More: Recapping a Wild 40 Days in Hip-Hop," 2 July 2018 Volunteers sought for archaeology dig in La Fox Garfield Farm Museum in La Fox is seeking volunteers for an archaeology dig. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Diana Krall to perform at Paramount in Aurora," 7 June 2018 Alkermes, which has senior managers in Ireland and in Waltham, plans to expand into the new digs in early 2020. BostonGlobe.com, "Alkermes building large lab and office building in Waltham," 11 May 2018 The lack of leadership traits is mostly where Comey got his digs in on Trump. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "James Comey gets laughs — and a standing ovation — in San Francisco," 23 Apr. 2018 Musicals In Progress The O’Neill Theater Center has announced all the performers in its 2018 National Music Theater Conference, which began June 23 at the center’s main digs in Waterford. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Little Theatre Of Manchester, Curtain Call Announce New Seasons," 26 June 2018 The 10 of them quietly explored their floating digs in the twilight, dispersing in parties of two or three into the belly of the ship, looking for adventure. Oddur Thorisson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling in Venice With Kids," 21 June 2018 The starting libero played in 128 of 129 sets and recorded a team-high 549 digs in 2017. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Local volleyball standout signs with North Texas, will graduate a year early," 20 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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