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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).
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Let's not keep digging the dirt when most of us don't give a sod about it.
DIGGING the dirt on chat show queen Oprah is something of a hobby for the folks back home.
But digging the dirt on atrocities committed by all sides during decades of apartheid is not over yet.
Instead of old smoothie Michael Aspel giving a celebrity an ego massage in front of family and friends we got mischievous Nick Hancock digging the dirt on someone famous in front of a hysterical studio audience.