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dig the dirt

To find negative information that has been concealed. Once I contact my usual sources at the tabloids, I should be able to dig the dirt up on that actress.
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dig the dirt (or dig up dirt)

discover and reveal damaging information about someone. informal
Dirt is commonly used as a metaphor for unsavoury gossip or scandal, as in, for example, dish the dirt (see dish).
See also: dig, dirt
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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