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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydig in
he/she/itdigs in
present participledigging in
past tensedug in
past participledug in
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if something digs in, it presses hard into something else
    She gripped his arm so hard that her nails dug in.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to mix something into the ground by digging
    You need to dig the compost in.
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] to prepare yourself for a difficult situation
    dig in for: Both sides are digging in for a long and bitter dispute.
  4. 5
    [intransitive] informal to start eating food with a lot of enthusiasm
    Come on, everybody – dig in!
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