1. Literally, to overturn soil or a similar substance by digging. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dig" and "up." That darn groundhog has dug up my herb garden for the second year in a row.
2. To unearth or uproot something by digging. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dig" and "up." The dog keeps burying bones and digging them up.
3. To search for and find something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dig" and "up." If you give me some time, I'm sure I can dig up the deed to the house.
4. To uncover negative information about someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dig" and "up." Once I contact my usual sources at the tabloids, I should be able to dig up some dirt on that actress.
5. slang Listen! Hey, the boss is talking—dig up!
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Sl. Listen carefully! John: All right, you guys! Dig up! You're going to hear this one time and one time only! Bill: Dig up! I'm only going to say this once. Bob: What was that? Bill: I said listen!
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exclam. Listen up!; Pay attention! Dig up, man! This is important.
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