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- (transitive) To remove something by digging.
- The archaeologist dug out a Saxon dagger.
- Houdini not only got out of the ropes: he also dug himself out of the hole he had been buried in.
- (transitive, sometimes figuratively) To find or retrieve something buried.
- I shall try to dig out my old textbooks.
- 2011 February 13, Lyle Jackson, “Ireland 22-25 France”, in BBC:
- But Ireland dug out a gutsy response and applied pressure which resulted in number eight Heaslip diving over in the corner to revive home hopes.
- 2021 June 30, Tim Dunn, “How we made... Secrets of the London Underground”, in RAIL, number 934, page 50:
- While you see some of our exploration on camera, I also spent many happy hours between shoots with Chris Nix, digging out dozens of wonderful plans, maps and drawings of projects that I never knew existed, and some that never did exist.
- (transitive) To make something by digging.
- We had to dig out our foxhole while under fire.
- (intransitive, US, slang) To decamp; to leave a place hastily.
- (transitive, slang) To have sexual intercourse with someone.
- I'd like to dig her out.
- (transitive, cricket) To block a yorker with the bottom of the bat, at the last second.
- (have sexual intercourse with): coitize, go to bed with, sleep with; see also Thesaurus:copulate with