dig down

dig down

 and dig deep 
1. . Lit. to excavate deeply. They are really having to dig deep to reach bedrock. We are not to the buried cable yet. We will have to dig down some more.
2. Fig. to be generous; to dig deep into one's pockets and come up with as much money as possible to donate to something. (As if digging into one's pocket.) Please dig down. We need every penny you can spare. Dig down deep. Give all you can.
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dig down

Pay with money from one's own pocket; be generous. For example, We've got to dig down deep to make the next payment. [Colloquial; c. 1940]
See also: dig, down
References in classic literature ?
We have, therefore, a well of sixty feet in diameter to dig down to a depth of nine hundred feet.
As it seemed reasonable to conclude that a man who had never been buried could not be unburied, the diggers gave him up when their task was done, and did not dig down for him into the depths of the earth.
Soon I find the walls of the cabin, and I dig down to the door.
Keep | planting bulbs for next spring - try easy ones like chionodoxa and crocus - easy because you don't have to dig down far.
Dig down the back of the sofa for some money and join the queue to try one.
We need to dig down to find out where our water is running through and seal it with puddle clay.
Pick out a dry field close by, dig down several feet with JCBs and tractors, put a channel from the floods and transfer the water to the diggings.
Now they've been getting bigger, structural engineers need to dig down to find the cause.
But if the soil becomes too dry, they will dig down in search of moisture.
In the opening scene, a group of young airmen shovel snow to music from the Claude-Michel Schonberg adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel, singing "Dig down, dig down, raise your shovels high" to the tune of Work Song.
We even had to dig down through snow to locate the fire hydrant but at least we knew its exact position thanks to a recent hydrant maintenance programme.
Fully assembled, the SBR is 32 metres high and will dig down about three metres per day.
Mark said: "They say they will have to dig down under the house once the house has been cleaned to find what will be left under the floorboards and everything up to a metre down because of contamination.
The elephants then use their feet to dig down and find the food.
The soil will have no goodness left, so you'd have to dig down and around at least a couple of feet, get rid of all that soil and replace it with a top soil/compost mixture.