In this weekly feature, we dig into the NEWSWEEK archives to see how times have changed—or in some cases, haven't.
A new leader is required in the new year to dig out from the rubble of the Obamacare disaster.
That's why they continue to dig and have not brought a case now more than a year after the firm's implosion.
In one letter to a friend he writes, “I dig my foxholes down to a cowardly depth.”
Blige would have to dig deeper than usual for insight into her new role.
It was decided to dig a trench, and cache all of our things except those which we could take in the one wagon.
As a matter of fact, we dig a gulf between the material and the spiritual which does not exist.
If the single parishes would unite to dig trenches and drain the soil, they would have the finest meadows.
Now I will make you dig, dig, dig, to the very depths of the earth to bring me gold!
If the pit is to be used without bait, then find the runways of the animal and dig the pit.
early 14c. (diggen), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to dike and ditch, either via Old French diguer (ultimately from a Germanic source), or directly from an unrecorded Old English word. Native words were deolfan (see delve), grafan (see grave (v.)).
Slang sense of "understand" first recorded 1934 in Black English, probably based on the notion of "excavate." A slightly varied sense of "appreciate" emerged 1939. Strong past participle dug appeared 16c., but is not etymological. Related: Digging.
late 17c. as "a tool for digging," from dig (v.). Meaning "archaeological expedition" is from 1896. Meaning "thrust or poke" (as with an elbow) is from 1819; figurative sense of this is from 1840.
[the cool senses, originally black, are probably related to the early 19th-century sense, ''study hard, strive to understand'']