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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydig into
he/she/itdigs into
present participledigging into
past tensedug into
past participledug into
  1. 1
    dig into something informal to try to find information about something
  2. 2
    dig into something informal to start using money that you had been saving

    I’ve had to dig into my savings this month to pay for my car insurance.

  3. 3
    dig (something) into something to put your hand in your pocket or bag in order to find something

    She dug into her pocket and took out a pen.

  4. 4
    dig into something to press hard into something

    The seat belt was digging into my shoulder.

    1. a.
      dig something into something to make something press hard into another thing

      Jenny dug her nails into the palms of her hand.

  5. 5
    dig something into something to mix something into the ground by digging

    I’ve been digging manure into the soil.

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