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 Know Your Meme traced the saying back to April 2018 where Twitter users dispensed the dig in political threads. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "What ‘OK Boomer’ says about the generational divide," 5 Nov. 2019 In this, the author repeatedly visits (and helps with) a dig in Scotland’s Orkney Islands. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "From Quinhagak to Scotland, archaeology reveals meaning in new book of essays," 2 Nov. 2019 The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is leading a dinosaur dig in Wyoming where Jurassic Period bones, plant fossils and trackways abound. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A new Barbie exhibit is coming to Indianapolis' Children's Museum. Here's what you need to know.," 29 Oct. 2019 Bishop Feehan 3, Sacred Heart 1 — Senior Lucy Armour had 11 kills while senior captain Nicole Brown produced 12 digs in the win for the Shamrocks (15-3). BostonGlobe.com, "Needham 7, Newton North 1 —," 29 Oct. 2019 In Mission’s last division match against visiting Cuesta on Oct. 9, Nunez contributed seven digs in a 25-15, 25-22, 27-25 defeat. Charles Rich, Burbank Leader, "College Update: Grote, Bell helping respective teams pile up victories on court, field," 22 Oct. 2019 Conducting archaeological digs in rainforests is tough business, with researchers facing dangerous insects and animals, disease, tough living conditions and unstable political situations. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Tiny Stone Tools Show Humans Hunted in the Rainforest 45,000 Years Ago," 7 Oct. 2019 Buzz: Julianna Miranda had 8 kills, 11 passes and 2 blocks for the Titans (7-5), while Abby Dickinson 15 passes, 7 digs in Olympia’s 25-9, 25-16, 25-21 loss against the Panthers (6-0). Jaret Kappelman, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando area high school scores and top performers for Sept. 17," 17 Sep. 2019 In addition, Tipton had 28 aces and contributed 22 and 21 digs in league matches against Arcadia. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "Burroughs' Tipton earns top honor for Pacific League boys' volleyball," 3 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 5 December 2019.

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