dig in (third-person singular simple present digs in, present participle digging in, simple past and past participle dug in)
- (colloquial) To begin eating.
- I wanted to say grace before dinner, but the kids were already digging in.
- To engage in a burst of hard work.
- I've got to dig in for a couple of weeks to secure my promotion.
2011 November 5, Phil Dawkes, “QPR 2 - 3 Man City”, in BBC Sport:
- Mancini's men were far from their best but dug in to earn a 10th win in 11 league games and an eighth successive victory in all competitions to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the table.
- (military) To dig trenches to resist an enemy attack. (This meaning is extended by metaphor to cricket and other situations.)
- (idiomatic) To adopt a resolute state of mind (often: to dig in one's feet, heels, etc.)