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"dirt" in British English

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dirtnoun [U]

uk   /dɜːt/  us   /dɝːt/
  • dirt noun [U] (NOT CLEAN)

B1 dust, ​soil, or any ​substance that makes a ​surface not ​clean: His ​coat was ​covered with dirt.
mainly US soil on the ​ground: I've been ​digging in the dirt, ​plantingseeds.
informal solidwaste: I got some dog dirt on my ​shoes.

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  • dirt noun [U] (GOSSIP)

informal unpleasant or ​baddetails about someone's ​privatelife that are ​repeated or ​published to ​influence people's ​opinion of them in a ​negative way: Journalists are always digging for (= ​trying to ​discover) dirt.
(Definition of dirt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dirtnoun [U]

 us   /dɜrt/
  • dirt noun [U] (EARTH)

earth or a ​substance like it that has ​gotten on the ​surface of something such as ​yourskin: I ​sat on the ​ground and got dirt on my ​pants.
Dirt is also ​looseearth on the ​ground: After the ​rain, the ​woodssmelled of ​wet dirt and ​greenery.
Dirt is also the ​earthconsidered as a ​surface: The ​basement has a dirt ​floor.
  • dirt noun [U] (INFORMATION)

personalinformation about something ​wrong that someone has done: They are more ​interested in ​looking for dirt than in ​reportingfairly about him.
(Definition of dirt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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