dig in(to) (something)

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dig in(to) (something)

1. Literally, to dig a hole into something, such as the ground. I had to dig into the soil and create for the flowers.
2. To start eating, often eagerly or excitedly. Well, dig in before your dinner gets cold. Mom's lasagna is always so good—I can't wait to dig in!
3. To work energetically. Thanks to the whole department digging in, we were able to get that report finished on time.
4. To poke or prod someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dig" and "in" to refer either to the person or thing being jabbed or to the person or thing doing the jabbing. The dog might bite you if you keep digging it in its side like that. I dug a toothpick into the cake to see if it was fully cooked.
5. To create protective trenches, as in trench warfare. Once we're dug in here, I think we'll be able to hold this area.
6. To place one's hands in something, usually in an attempt to find something. Here, dig into my purse and see if you can find my sunglasses.
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dig someone or something in something

to poke someone or something in something, such as the ribs, the side, the cheek, etc. He dug Wally in the ribs as he finished telling the joke. Jed dug the cow in its side with a stick, trying to make it move into the barn.
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dig in

 (to something )
1. Lit. to use a shovel to penetrate a mass of something. He dug into the soft soil and made a hole for the roots of the bush. He grabbed a shovel and dug in where he thought the tree ought to go.
2. Fig. to begin to process something; to go to work on something. I have to dig into all these applications today and process at least half of them. fed got out the stack of unanswered mail and dug in.
3. Fig. to begin to eat food. We dug into the huge pile of fried chicken. I stuck the corner of my napkin in my collar and dug in.
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dig something into something

 and dig something in
to stab or jab something into something. Dig your fork into that heavenly cake! He dug in his fork.
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dig in

1. Excavate trenches to defend oneself in battle and hold one's position, as in The battalion dug in and held on. This usage gained currency in the trench warfare of World War I. [Mid-1800s]
2. Also, dig in one's heels. Adopt a firm position, be obstinate and unyielding. For example, Arthur refused to argue the point and simply dug in, or The dog dug in its heels and refused to move. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
3. Begin to work intensively, as in If we all dig in it'll be done before dark. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
4. Also, dig into. Begin to eat heartily, as in Even before all the food was on the table they began to dig in, or When the bell rang, the kids all dug into their lunches. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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dig in

v.
1. To plunge the hands into something, especially to search for something: Dig in your pockets for some change.
2. To push something into some other thing: The robbers dug a gun in my back and demanded my wallet.
3. To dig trenches for protection: The troops dug in and waited for the enemy to attack.
4. To hold on to something stubbornly, as to a position; entrench oneself: The two sides have dug in and refuse to compromise.
5. To begin to work intensively: I gathered all the materials for the project and dug in.
6. To begin to eat heartily: As soon as everyone got their food, we dug in.
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dig into

v.
1. To plunge the hands into something, especially to search for something: She dug into her bookbag and pulled out a pen.
2. To push something into some other thing: I dug two posts into the ground and hung a volleyball net between them.
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