dig into

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of dig into

1 : to mix (something) into (soil) by digging
  • dig the compost into the soil
2 informal : to begin eating (something)
  • The family was digging into a delicious meal.
  • They dug into their steaks.
3 somewhat informal : to try to learn or uncover information by studying (something)
  • The detectives dug into his past and learned that he had once lived in another country.
4 : to push against (a body part) in a sharp and painful way
  • The bed's springs are digging into my back.
  • Her fingernails dug into my hand.
5 : to push (something) into (a body part) in a sharp and painful way
  • She dug her fingernails into my hand.
  • He dug his elbow into my ribs.

Word by Word Definitions

dig play
  1. : to break up, turn, or loosen (earth) with an implement

  2. : to prepare the soil of

  3. : to bring to the surface by digging : unearth

  1. : thrust, poke

  2. : a cutting remark

  3. : accommodations (see accommodation 1a) for living or working


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