dig out v.
1. (US) to leave, to depart.
|Humors of Falconbridge 384: Mad and furious, the young chaps made a general onslaught on the people present, who ‘dug out’ very quick [DA].|
|Golden Butterfly II 82: I spent most of the dollars, and thought I had better dig out for a new location.|
|Traffics and Discoveries 119: The sooner he digs out in pursuance of Admiralty orders [...] the better pleased Commander Fasset will be.‘Their Lawful Occasions Pt I’ in|
|DN III:vi 440: dig out, v. To start; to leave. ‘I guess I’d better be digging out for home.’.‘Word-List From Western New York’ in|
|Sec. Base Sloan xiii 183: Wayne circled and dug out for second [DA].|
|AS II:8 352: The men dug out in a hurry.‘Dialect Words and Phrases from West-Central West Virginia’ in|
|(con. 1860s) Kingdom Coming 192: Jest waitin’ for you to grow up and be a man, so’s I c’d dig out.|
|(con. 1910s) Heed the Thunder (1994) 12: And wasn’t it likely that he would have dug out or that the neighbor would have relented, anyway, in time?|
2. to attempt to get something one desires.
|Current Sl. III:3 5: Dig . . . out, v. To try hard.|
3. (Irish) to separate from.
|Out after Dark 29: What was all that about? [...] What ailed you? I thought you’d have to be dug out of him.|
4. (US black) to have sexual intercourse.
|🎵 By 2 AM I was diggin’ her out.‘Ghetto Bird’|
|A2Z 28/1: He be diggin’ her out under the boardwalk.et al.|
5. in trans. use of sense 1, to throw out.
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 298: The girl on the desk stares at me like I’m a cunt, like she’s about to dig me out.|
6. to disparage, to scold.
|Brown Bread in Wengen [ebook] Listened her digging me out. She was well vex.|
|Times Times2 3 June 3/1: Love Island: a handy glossary Digging out Putting someone down.|
SE in slang uses
(W.I.) to cheat in a business deal.
|cited in Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage (1996).|