from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To begin eating.
  • v. To make a burst of hard work.
  • v. To dig trenches to resist an enemy attack. (This meaning is extended by metaphor to cricket and other situations.)
  • v. To adopt a resolute state of mind (often: to dig in one's feet, heels, etc.)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. eat heartily
  • v. occupy a trench or secured area


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • "Surely they don't intend to dig in now," replied Schwafferts.

    Panzer Aces

  • As Tinker was making the final adjustments to his plan and the Reconnaissance Platoon was redeploying to its new task (its wearied members cursing their luck at having to dig in afresh), watchers of the roads leading back from the East detected a subtle, but significant change in the pattern and nature of traffic.

    First Clash

  • "Still eyeing the aliens, he wondered whether he and Bulgan might have time enough to dig in the beach for some vaoloi shells.

    The Cat is a Metaphor

  • There were many good 'slots' where M113s could be parked close alongside buildings adjacent to their infantrymen, but each man would be required to dig in or shelter in cellars with immediate access to fire positions.

    First Clash

  • In pursuance of this sport, he gave a little dig in the ribs to Helen Rodd’s behaviour pattern.

    Tour de Force

  • While he smirked, Auntie Lindo demonstrated the proper technique, poking her chopstick into the orange spongy part: “You have to dig in here, get this out.

    The Joy Luck Club

  • ‘Oh, dry up, Chinstrap, and don’t be funny,’ said Mr. Handley, giving the Colonel a dig in the spine which made him wince.

    The Dancing Druids

  • Prudentius (in Symmach.i. 639) should dig in the mud with an instrument of gold and ivory.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Right, well, I knew him a bit when he was working at Carchemish before the war, at Woolley’s dig in Syria.

    A Letter of Mary


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