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dig

verb  /dɪɡ/ ( present participle digging, past tense and past participle dug  /dʌɡ/) us  

dig verb (MOVE EARTH)

to move and break up earth using a tool, a machine, or your hands, or to make a hole, channel, etc. by moving and breaking up earth: [I] Friends came with rakes and shovels ready to dig into the earth. [M] I was planning to go out and dig up some hibiscus plants. [T] Most people out in the country have to dig their own wells.

dig verb (PRESS)

[T] to press or push strongly: He dug his hand into his pocket, searching for a quarter.

dig

noun [C]  /dɪɡ/ us  

dig noun [C] (REMARK)

a criticism, esp. a remark about someone that does not seem intentional but actually is: His reference to how busy we were was a dig at us for forgetting to greet him properly.

dig noun [C] (MOVE EARTH)

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