from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. An excavation site, as for digging or mining ore, metals, or precious stones.
- n.pl. Materials that have been excavated.
- n.pl. Chiefly British Rooms; lodgings.
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- n. Plural form of digging.
- n. Late 19th and early 20th C: accommodations; lodgings; the precursor to the slang 'digs'.
- n. In the US, in the same time period: establishment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. temporary living quarters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. temporary living quarters
- n. an excavation for ore or precious stones or for archaeology
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I don't think any ball would get John Massingbird to it; unless he could be received in what he calls his diggings 'toggery. "
In the palmy days of work, before the firm smashed, they had aspired to what might properly be called diggings; and, moreover, had "digged" in respectable surroundings.
The limitation must not be neglected, but the exploitation of the diggings is another affair.
Among the new arrivals at our "diggings" was a Mexican, who had followed the profession of a _medico_ in former times, but who was now an inveterate gold hunter; one of the sort who are perpetually on the move from place to place, seeking placers of fabulous richness, but never working any claim long enough to fairly develop it.
Allaga, and other quartz "diggings," have been discovered, as well as those of copper, lead, iron and emeralds, all of which are in the desert near the Red Sea; and the sulphur, which abounds in the same districts, was not neglected by the ancient Egyptians.
If he found good "diggings" he would build a rough shanty under the pines, and dig and wash till the gold-bearing sand or gravel gave out again.
There are blocks of rooms which form bachelor 'diggings' for single men, and small but comfortable suburban houses for families, while the railways on the east and west afford facilities for the importation of excellent furniture.
Some of these "diggings" were extremely rich, but as a whole they were more precarious in results than at the river.
In the July 1889 letter, the Ripper uses the word "diggings," which is American slang for a house or residence, and can also refer to a person's office.
In 1823 one of these men arrived with soldiers, supplies, skilled miners, and one hundred and fifty slaves; and thereafter the "diggings" fast became
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