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(someone's) native soil

The country or geographical area in which someone was born or raised. Though I've spent most of my adult life in London, it's always nice to return to my native soil of Shanghai, if even for just a few days.
See also: native, soil

dirty (one's) hands

1. To partake in especially underhanded, illicit, or illegal work or activities. The public can't be allowed to think that I, a senate hopeful, would ever dirty my hands with a tax-evasion scheme such as that.
2. To do hard work, often manual labor. There is nothing more rewarding to me than dirtying my hands in my garden.
See also: dirty, hand

get (one's) hands dirty

1. To do hard work, often manual labor. There is nothing more rewarding to me than getting my hands dirty in my garden. I really appreciate you guys getting your hands dirty and helping us move.
2. To be involved in something illegal or unseemly. Uncle Pete has been avoiding us ever since we discovered that he gets his hands dirty working for the mob. No one can know about my police record—I don't want people to think that I still get my hands dirty.
See also: dirty, get, hand

soil (one's) diaper(s)

To defecate into the diaper one is wearing. Primarily heard in US, Canada. Uh oh, I think Tommy just soiled his diaper. I'd better go change it. I just hope I don't live so long that I end up in some nursing home soiling my diapers.
See also: soil

soil (one's) hands

To partake in especially underhanded, illicit, or illegal work or activities. The public can't be allowed to think that I, a senate hopeful, would ever soil my hands with a tax-evasion scheme such as that.
See also: hand, soil

soil (one's) nappy

To defecate into the nappy (diaper) one is wearing. Primarily heard in UK. Uh oh, I think Tommy just soiled his nappy. I'd better go change it. I just hope I don't live so long that I end up in some nursing home soiling my nappy.
See also: soil

spade up

To dig up and turn over soil or some body of soil with or as with a spade. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spade" and "up." You'll want to spade up the flower bed and mix in some fresh compost before sowing the new seeds. The ground was so full of stones and weeds that spading the soil up was an absolute chore.
See also: spade, up

get one's hands dirty and dirty one's hands; soil one's hands

 
1. Fig. to get closely involved in a difficult task. You have to get your hands dirty if you expect to get the gutters cleaned out.
2. Fig. to become involved with something illegal; to do a shameful thing; to do something that is beneath one. The mayor would never get his hands dirty by giving away political favors. I will not dirty my hands by breaking the law.
See also: and, dirty, get, hand, soil

soil one's diaper(s)

[for a baby] to excrete waste into its diaper. The baby soiled his diapers. I detect that someone has soiled his diaper.
See also: diaper, soil

spade something up

to turn over the soil in a garden plot with a spade. Please go out and spade the garden up so I can plant the potatoes and onions. I will spade up the garden when I have time.
See also: spade, up

dirty one's hands

Also, get one's hands dirty or soil one's hands. Do something shameful or illegal. For example, He refused to dirty his hands and give jobs to the big campaign donors, or Getting one's hands dirty by lying to the boss will be severely punished, or She would not soil her hands by cheating. This expression is a metaphor for literally defiling or soiling oneself. [Mid-1600s]
See also: dirty, hand
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Thermal Treatment of Hydrocarbon-Impacted Soils: A Review of Technology Innovation for Sustainable Remediation, Engineering, 2, 426-437.
To evaluate the total major elements (Al, Ca, K, Mg, Na and P) concentrations and their dis tribution in the uncontaminated and petroleum waste contaminated soils.
Soil pollution can be invisible and seems far away but everyone, everywhere is affected, adding, with a growing population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, soil pollution is a worldwide problem which degrades our soils, poisons the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.
He shared the latest developments taking place in the developed countries for sustainable management of soils to grow healthy foods.
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He can also tell you whether that building or road that you are constructing will cave in, crack, flood or last, just by glancing at the type of soil that your construction is based on.
The diversity of soil taxa in the soil cover composition (pedodiversity) and the distribution pattern of soils in landscape depend on the diversity of soil parent materials or geodiversity, landscape topography and the climatic conditions of the region (Ibanez et al.
Besides being a growing medium for crops, arable soils (like all other soils) fulfil many other tasks essential for the sustainable functioning and good health of the surrounding environment (EA 2006).
The hypothetical value of Txi ranges approximately between -5 to +5 for soils. The coarseness of soil increases with increasing Txi value and vice versa, and soil of Txi equal or very close to zero is medium textured (Fig.
(2016) found that sand, silt and clay contents were in the ranges of 0.42-90.40, 1.92-67.50 and 5.59-70.00% respectively in paddy soils of the Khorat Basin in Thailand.
The results of this study indicated significant difference of phosphorus between mound soils and undisturbed soils.
Soils on organic farms store away appreciably larger amounts of carbons--and for longer periods--than typical agricultural soils, according to a study directed by Northeastern University in collaboration with The Organic Center, which provides a significant proof point that organic agricultural practices build healthy soils and can be part of the solution in the fight on global warming.
I want to go out and till my soil, is it too early?