dig the dirt


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dig the dirt

  also dig up dirt
to try to find out bad things about someone in order to stop other people admiring them (often + on ) No effort is being spared to dig up dirt on the enemy.
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ON THE day that the Festival executioners - the consultants Capita Symonds - arrived in Liverpool to dig the dirt on Mathew Street, VIP invites were dropping onto doormats at the homes of the great and the good inviting them to the champagne and canape reception for the now-battered event.
Journalists are supposed to dig the dirt, of course, but Stree'-Por'ah appeared to have been doing it literally.
A new 'reality' TV show aims to dig the dirt on what life is really like on Welsh allotments.
In America President Nixon claimed the same, but in fact used his power to dig the dirt on his enemies.
When things go wrong, their instinct is to dig the dirt on their critics and try to smear them.
And I could even dig the dirt up, and sometimes I could even put my bone in.
The Goops they are spotted on chin and on cheek, You dig the dirt off with a trowel