1. phrasal verb If you dig up something, you remove it from the ground where it has been buried or planted. [V P n] ⇒ You would have to dig up the plant yourself. [V P n (not pron)] ⇒ More bodies have been dug up at the site. [V n P] ⇒ Dig it up once the foliage has died down. 2. phrasal verb If you dig up an area of land, you dig holes in it. [V P n] ⇒ Yesterday they continued the search, digging up the back yard of a police station. [Also V n P] 3. phrasal verb If you dig up information or facts, you discover something that has not previously been widely known. [V P n] ⇒ Managers are too expensive and important to spend time digging up market information. [V-ed P] ⇒ His description fits perfectly the evidence dug up by Clyde. [Also V n P] 4. phrasal verb → dig If you dig up something or someone, you find them and use or employ them. [informal] unearth [V P n (not pron)] ⇒ When something happens anywhere in the world, NPR digs up an expert from someplace or other. ⇒ If you dug up an old medical book from the sixties, it would tell you that childhood leukemia is incurable.
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