dig in

verb
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 Who is the city really protecting by digging in their heels? Elizabeth Dickinson, Twin Cities, "Elizabeth Dickinson: Why can’t St. Paul admit error over trash policy — and then fix it?," 6 Oct. 2019 Shortly after digging in and accepting life without football, Sims was promoted to sales. Branson Wright, cleveland, "Case Western Reserve law student Quentin Sims plays pro football so he can one day practice," 29 Sep. 2019 Little ones interact with nature at different stations, with activities like digging in soil and arranging flowers; story time is also part of the fun. 10 a.m. till noon Mondays at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "Labor Day is over, time to start planning for fall. Here’s a list of awesome family activities around Chicago.," 4 Sep. 2019 Pose for a picture with this giant sweet before digging in. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Move over, Tie Dye Frappucino. These 10 drinks and desserts in metro Phoenix were made for Instagram," 12 July 2019 Ryan responded to Gabbard’s statement by digging in on his idea of engagement. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The top 3 foreign policy moments of the first Democratic debate," 27 June 2019 In the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, archaeologists digging in the Garden House recently uncovered the hinges of a wooden box, long since rotted away. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Sorceress’s Kit Was Discovered in the Ashes of Pompeii," 14 Aug. 2019 And in 2019, paleontologists digging in North Dakota found a treasure trove of fossils extremely close to the K-Pg boundary, essentially capturing the remains of an entire ecosystem that existed shortly before the mass extinction. Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic, "Why did the dinosaurs go extinct?," 31 July 2019 The only thing for certain is that when the temperature rises, so does our desire to dig in to some steamy romance novels. Glamour, "The 21 Best Romance Novels to Read Right Now," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of dig in

1827, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Dig in.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dug%20in. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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