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

Examples of dig in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the upgrade to Jerusalem archaeology does little to change the controversy that accompanies every dig in and around the Old City. Andrew Lawler, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 Houska, who was an advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders during his 2016 campaign, continued her dig in a tweet thread, suggesting that Disney may have green-lit the routine on just one condition. Fox News, 19 Mar. 2022 Luca Maria Olivieri, an archaeologist at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, led the dig in partnership with the International Association for Mediterranean and Oriental Studies (ISMEO). David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2022 While some take flight to perilous new heights, others dig in their stilettos and stand their ground no matter the cost. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 8 Apr. 2022 Questions about Afghanistan and its people made Biden rear up and dig in. George Packer, The Atlantic, 31 Jan. 2022 The straps have never cut into my shoulders, and the strap adjustments are on the front of the bra but don't dig in at all. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 7 Aug. 2021 No one on our side of the road was about to let some little girl cut their grass all crooked and dig in their flower beds, let alone pay for it. Michaela Angela Davis, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2022 And dig in to the list of interesting items below, too. Ed Silverman, STAT, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dig in

1827, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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9 May 2022

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“Dig in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dig%20in. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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