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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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When things go wrong, their instinct is to dig the dirt on their critics and try to smear them.
The Goops they are spotted on chin and on cheek, You dig the dirt off with a trowel!
Staff and students at Teesside High School in Eaglescliffe are hoping to dig the dirt on an underground Second World War air raid shelter site to the rear of their buildings on The Avenue.
Now we're told the sickos at the D of T have sent an email to Labour Party HQ asking them to dig the dirt on Paddington rail crash victims - in particular Pam Warren - who have been kicking up a fuss about rail safety.
"I think it would have been irresistible for the press to have these three girls or young women who are potentially out enjoying themselves not to follow us around and dig the dirt."
WHEN journalist Susie Helm got sick of life in the fast lane she decided to dig the dirt, rather than dish it.