dig at

dig at (someone or something)

1. Literally, to poke or prod someone or something. Those darn groundhogs keep digging at my herb garden!
2. To make a critical comment about someone or something. Every time I'm with Ben, he seems to make a dig at my appearance.
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dig at someone or something

1. Lit. to poke or jab at someone or something. Don't dig at me all the time. My side is getting sore where you jabbed me. Stop digging at the wall! Look at the hole you've made!
2. Fig. to make a cutting remark about someone or something. She is always digging at her husband's laziness. Fred was digging at the company he works for.
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References in classic literature ?
All now that remained was to ascertain the precise spot where the treasure lay buried, for otherwise he might dig at random in the neighborhood of the crosses, without coming upon the spoils, and he had already had enough of such profitless labor.
April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With spring finally arriving in Michigan, bringing with it weather ideal for outdoor projects, homeowners and contractors are reminded to call MISS DIG at 8-1-1 to have underground utilities marked before starting any digging.
This can be confirmed by contacting MISS DIG at 8-1-1 or response.
BUDDING archaeologists are being invite to join a real dig at a new historic site in York.
Dinosaur bones were unearthed by White Oak Elementary students during an archeological dig at Simi Valley High School's Nature Center on Friday.
PHOTO (1--Color) Eunice Pae, top left, reacts as she clears debris off a bone during a dig at Simi High School.
30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy reminds contractors and do-it-yourselfers working on last-minute projects before the snow flies to call MISS DIG at 811 at least three working days before beginning any digging project.
The discoveries capped a hugely successful monthlong dig at the sprawling former Army post that sits atop one of the only two forts that protected Spanish colonialism's push up the Pacific Coast.
April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Now that a record Michigan winter has finally given way to warmer temperatures, homeowners and contractors are reminded to call MISS DIG at 811 to have underground utilities marked before beginning any digging projects.
And we are glad to be able to help them spread the important safety message about calling MISS DIG at 811 before you dig.
Call MISS DIG at least three business days before starting any project that includes digging in the ground to have your utilities located.
Call Miss Dig at 1-800-482-7171 at least three days before your project is to begin and Miss Dig will notify all utilities to mark their lines in the area.