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Dig Dirt Up On Someone
Dig Dirt Up On Someone English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of ‘dig dirt up on someone’

Date: Oct 11 2016

Themes: Hobbies, News, Soap Opera

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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Did you ever think that someone was guilty of a crime? Maybe, you wanted to investigate this person. You could follow them, or you could look them up on the internet. If you’re lucky, you might dig up some dirt on them. Then, you could tell the police that the subject of your investigation was a criminal. The police would thank you for the help. You might even decide to become a police detective in the future.

When you dig dirt up on someone, you look for bad things they did. Sometimes, we use this expression as a joke. For example, you might joke about digging up dirt on your best friend. You don’t want to get your friend in trouble, but you might want to know her secrets. On the other hand, people also use this expression to talk about serious crimes. It is important for police detectives to dig up dirt on criminals so they can put them in the jailhouse.

Find out if the team can dig up any dirt for Andy’s investigation in today’s English video.

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Dominique:  What’s the update, Renegade Andy?

Andy_H:  You can actually just call me Renegade.

Dominique:  OK, fine. What’s the update, Renegade?

Andy_H:  Well, there’s not much to tell, Captain. Not much has happened… yet.

Jordin:  Yeah, like not a thing. At all. Nothing. This is the most boring dream ever.

Andy_H:  WAIT! What’s that?

Dominique:  What is it?

Andy_H:  Oh, never mind. It was nothing…. Anyways, I had Sheila dig up some dirt on our subject.

Dominique:  And, Sheila, what did you find?

Sheila:  Well, I tried to dig up some dirt on the subject and see if they’re guilty of anything, but I got distracted by…

Andy_H:  What?

Sheila:  I got distracted trying to think of what my nickname should be.

Dominique:  We get nicknames? Wait, what’s mine?

Andy_H:  Captain.

Sheila:  Captain.

Jordin:  Captain.

Dominique:  OK, that’s fine. That works. What’s Jordin’s?

Sheila:  She doesn’t have one yet.

Dominique:  Hmm… Maybe, we need to dig up some dirt on Jordin.

Jordin:  Me? Why?

Dominique:  So, we can come up with a fun nickname.

Jordin:  Well, can’t I just be Jordin?

Sheila:  That’s not a good nickname. It’s just your name.

Jordin:  OK, fine. Um… Maybe, I could be Jordin the… Ooo, maybe like Jailhouse Jordin… like I used to be a criminal, but now I’ve changed my ways, and I help the police.

Sheila:  That’s good. I like that.

Jordin:  Jailhouse Jordin!



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The team is still inside Andy’s dream. Captain Dominique wants to know how Renegade Andy’s investigation is going. He tells her that nothing has happened, but he feels like something will happen soon. Sheila was supposed to dig up some dirt on their subject of investigation, but she was distracted. Instead of investigating, she was trying to come up with an awesome nickname.

Captain Dominique is excited about having a nickname until she hears that her nickname is just Captain. She asks what Jordin’s nickname is. Jordin wants to use her real name, but Sheila tells her that’s a bad idea. So, Jordin creates a history for herself. She used to be a bad person, but now she is good. Her new nickname becomes Jailhouse Jordin.

Do you have a nickname? If you could change your name to anything, what would it be?



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I never dig dirt up on someone because I would hate it, what if someone did it to you?

08:41 AM Oct 22 2016 |

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