dig the dirt = dig up dirt
discover and reveal damaging information about someone – informal
Dirt is commonly used as a metaphor for unsavoury gossip or scandal as in for example - dish the dirt .
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dig in your heels
refuse to give in
The image here is of a horse or other animal obstinately refusing to be led or ridden forwards. Dig in your heels is the commonest form. But dig in your toes and dig in your feet are also found.
dig yourself into a hole = dig a hole for yourself
get yourself into an awkward or restrictive situation
dig your own grave
do something foolish which causes you to fail or leads to your downfall
1995 - Colin Bateman - Divorcing Jack - Then I thought about Patricia again and how much I was missing her and how I'd dug my own grave over the phone.
dig a pit for
try to trap
This is a common biblical metaphor…for example, in Jeremiah 18 : 20 we find…they have digged a pit for my soul.
dig up dirt :
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