dig deep

dig deep

1. To exert oneself mentally or physically. I was so exhausted when overtime started that I really had to dig deep to keep playing.
2. To spend a lot of money on something. We had to dig deep after our construction budget ballooned beyond what we had planned.
See also: deep, dig

dig deep

1 give money or other resources generously. 2 make a great effort to do something. informal
The idea here is of thrusting your hands deep into your pockets to find money with which to pay for something.
2 1991 Sports Illustrated You really have to dig deep night after night to get up for every game.
See also: deep, dig

dig ˈdeep


1 search thoroughly for information: You’ll need to dig deep into the records to find the figures you want.
2 try hard to provide the money, equipment, etc. that is needed: We’re asking you to dig deep for the earthquake victims.
See also: deep, dig
References in classic literature ?
Nature has taught them to dig deep holes with their nails on the side of a rising ground, wherein they lie by themselves; only the kennels of the females are larger, sufficient to hold two or three cubs.
He had no design upon the pole, except that he measured a shovel's length from it before beginning, nor was it his purpose to dig deep.
We must dig deep, where there will be no risk of discovery," said a third.
The vertically-challenged beardy lead character must dig deep through ancient civilisations to save his fellow dwarves and discover chests full of loot along the way.
Everyone can do something to change that and, during Lent, we will all dig deep in our pockets to find ways to tackle this injustice.
The FA Cup holders had to dig deep to earn the points on a miserable afternoon at the DW Stadium.
We went out in the second half and had to dig deep, and we took our chances.
Ridden by ex-steeplechase jockey Jim Crowley, the 5-2 favourite had to dig deep for his big follow-up.
Just a week after overwhelming QPR with some dazzling attacking football, they were forced to dig deep against another London rival.
AUCHINLECK ace Stewart Anderson reached the final of the World Indoors Bowls singles last night - but admits he had to dig deep.
Council vice-chairman Abbas Mahfoodh said excavators would dig deep enough to make it easier to remove the remains.
It's important the owners try and dig deep and help Brendan out and make some additions.
LIONS captain Paul O'Connell hailed his team's ability to dig deep after they concluded their tour of South Africa with an emphatic victory over the world champions at Ellis Park.
Yet there's room to dig deep, making shipping harbors run as far as 35 meters down.