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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydig up
he/she/itdigs up
present participledigging up
past tensedug up
past participledug up

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  1. 2
    to remove something from under the ground by digging

    We will have to dig that tree up.

    They dug up a body in his yard.

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  2. 3
    to dig holes in an area of land

    They’ve been digging up the road outside our house.

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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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