dig sth up Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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dig sth up

phrasal verb with dig uk   us   /dɪɡ/ verb (present participle digging, past tense and past participle dug)

dig sth up (MOVE SOIL)

to take something out of the ​ground by ​digging: It's ​time we ​dug up those ​potatoes. to ​break the ​ground or to make a ​hole in it with a ​tool, ​machine, etc.: They're ​digging up the ​roadoutside to ​fix a ​faultywatermain.

dig sth up (INFORMATION)

to ​discoversecret or ​forgottenfacts by ​searching very ​carefully: I've been doing some ​research on ​ourfamilyhistory and I've ​dug up some ​interestinginformation. She's one of those ​reporters who's always ​trying to ​dig up dirt on (= ​unpleasantprivatedetails about)celebrities.
(Definition of dig sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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