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"dig" in British English

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digverb

uk   /dɪɡ/  us   /dɪɡ/ (present participle digging, past tense and past participle dug)
  • dig verb (MOVE SOIL)

B1 [I or T] to ​break up and ​movesoil using a ​tool, a ​machine, or ​yourhands: Digging (in) the ​garden is good ​exercise.
B2 [T] to ​form a ​hole by ​movingsoil: The ​tunnel was dug with the ​aid of ​heavymachinery. The ​dog was digging a ​hole to ​hideitsbone in.

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  • dig verb (PRESS)

dig sb in the ribs
to ​push the ​side of someone's ​bodyquickly with ​yourelbow (= the ​middlepart of the ​arm where it ​bends) often as a way of ​sharing a ​privatejoke with that ​person or to get ​theirattention

dignoun [C]

uk   /dɪɡ/  us   /dɪɡ/
  • dig noun [C] (REMARK)

a ​remark that is ​intended to ​criticize, ​embarrass, or make a ​joke about someone: He's always taking digs/a dig at me.UK also He's always having/making dig/a dig at me.
  • dig noun [C] (ACCOMMODATION)

digs [plural] mainly UK
informal for lodgings : Many ​students in London have to ​live in digs.
(Definition of dig from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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digverb

 us   /dɪɡ/ (present participle digging, past tense and past participle dug  /dʌɡ/ )
  • dig verb (MOVE EARTH)

to move and ​break up ​earth using a ​tool, a ​machine, or ​yourhands, or to make a ​hole, ​channel, etc. by ​moving and ​breaking up ​earth: [I] Friends came with ​rakes and ​shovelsready 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 ​pushstrongly: He dug his ​hand into his ​pocket, ​searching for a ​quarter.

dignoun [C]

 us   /dɪɡ/
  • dig noun [C] (REMARK)

a ​criticism, esp. a ​remark about someone that does not ​seemintentional 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)

the ​activity of ​removingearth to ​findobjects of ​interest to ​history or ​science
(Definition of dig from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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