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dig up dirt
To uncover negative information about someone or something. Once I contact my usual sources at the tabloids, I should be able to dig up dirt on that actress.
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dig up dirtBRITISH & AMERICAN or
dig the dirtBRITISH
COMMON If you dig up dirt or dig the dirt on someone, you look for harmful or shocking information about them. They hired a detective firm to dig up dirt on their rival. Note: You can also say that you dig for dirt. Reporters even go through trash cans digging for dirt on celebrities. Note: You can describe this activity as dirt-digging. In the movie, a dirt-digging reporter is framed by a corrupt district attorney and sentenced for manslaughter.
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