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dig down

1. Literally, to dig a hole into something, such as the ground. I had to dig down and create holes in the soil before I could plant the flowers.
2. To spend one's money. We had to dig down after our construction budget ballooned beyond what we had planned.
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dig down

 and dig deep 
1. . Lit. to excavate deeply. They are really having to dig deep to reach bedrock. We are not to the buried cable yet. We will have to dig down some more.
2. Fig. to be generous; to dig deep into one's pockets and come up with as much money as possible to donate to something. (As if digging into one's pocket.) Please dig down. We need every penny you can spare. Dig down deep. Give all you can.
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dig down

Pay with money from one's own pocket; be generous. For example, We've got to dig down deep to make the next payment. [Colloquial; c. 1940]
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The work involved digging down into the water bed to a depth of two foot six inches for a distance of a kilometre, then installing TV cameras to ensure the water remained uncontaminated.
This usually means digging down below the existing floor level and removing lots of earth, an expensive and laborious task that can reveal hidden problems - you can never be sure what you'll be dealing with with a cellar.
TWO Kirkby men admitted digging down to snare young badgers in the countryside to train terriers to attack them, a court heard.
E[currency]enyurt noted they reached layers from the Hittite period by digging down four meters under the surface of the ground.
By digging down, players progress in the game toward checkpoints, adding more time to the clock and uncovering treasures and a few surprises.
This usually means digging down below the existing floor level and removing a lot of earth - an expensive and laborious task that can reveal hidden problems.
THERE'LL be no more digging down the back of your own sofa for change if you can name the ex-owner of this kitsch couch.
It appears a dinosaur was digging down and trapping rodent-like mammals in a similar way to coyotes hunting around prairie dog burrows today," New Scientist quoted Simpson as saying.
As Amy learns she cannot trust even the ground under her feet, it becomes clear that mwhile humans were digging down, another species entirely was on its way up.
Clean SWeep Fed-up digging down the back of the sofa for the remote control?
Panama Fever: Digging Down Gold Mountain" is the story of two Jamaican immigrants who seize the opportunity to join in the Panama Canal project to earn their fortunes.
Workmen were digging down to reach a faulty underground cable in Tansley Hill Road when they accidentally fractured a water main, causing flooding.
The authors pride themselves on digging down beneath marketing hyperbole to talk about what really functions and how.
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Police officers and fire crews looked on as United Utilities staff were last night monitoring gas levels and digging down to the damaged pipe to assess the damage.