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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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References in classic literature ?
They dug down into a parched and powdery sand--the very dryest of all sand, indeed--there was not one trace of moisture!
When the dog had dug down only a few inches he grabbed something and pulled it up, and it was an arm and a sleeve.
And, midway, he dug down through the red volcanic earth that had washed from the disintegrating hill above, until he uncovered quartz, rotten quartz, that broke and crumbled in his hands and showed to be alive with free gold.
She got on from Jonathan (last of the males, indoors) to the coachman (first of the males, out-of-doors), and dug down, man by man, through that new stratum, until she struck the stable-boy at the bottom .
When I had done this, I began to work my way into the rock, and bringing all the earth and stones that I dug down out through my tent, I laid them up within my fence, in the nature of a terrace, so that it raised the ground within about a foot and a half; and thus I made me a cave, just behind my tent, which served me like a cellar to my house.
Mrs McGinty's son Louis Pinter said: "Severn Trent came out and dug down about a metre to the pipe.
'We just got heart, we could've been down so many times before we got to this game but the guys they dug down,' said Durham after the Bots' completed their semifinals bid with a 108-103 win over Phoenix in another must-win Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
"We knew we would find artefacts here but the amount and the fact we have dug down to the footings of Roman buildings suggests this was a busy part of the town, its centre really.
Miller then dug down to free their warm gear as Normand's hands were too cold to dig.
We'll only really know how long this will take once we've dug down and assessed what needs to be done.
"They dug down 4ft until they could reach the animal.
"It was a case of 'X marks the spot', so we dug down and hit water.
But we dug down deep and stuck at it," News.com.au quoted Rook Nelson, an organizer, as saying.
"This is a 24-inch pipe which is more than 100 years old and when we dug down to investigate a suspected leak, the earth around the pipe moved causing it to burst.
"If they were finding gold in a trench that was being dug down to six feet, there's no reason to think that the gold ended at the bottom of that trench," Nuinsco President Paul Jones told Reuters in a telephone interview.