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dirt

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
dirt bike
dirt cheap (= very cheap - an informal expression)
▪ This coat was dirt cheap
dirt cheap
▪ Such cheap goods obviously rely on dirt cheap labor.
dirt farmer
dirt poorAmerican Englishinformal (= extremely poor)
▪ We were dirt poor back then.
dirt poor
dirt road
dirt track
dirt track
▪ The road leading to the farm was little more than a dirt track.
dish the dirt (=tell people shocking things about someone’s private life)
treat sb like dirtinformal (= very badly and with no respect)
▪ He treated this wife like dirt.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
black
▪ Look for tiny specks of black dirt - these are the flea droppings.
▪ I watched her hands come to the small of her back, kneading black dirt into a faded flower print.
▪ His face and hands were black with dirt.
little
▪ Hamilton said, and she headed down a little dirt path.
▪ Marines run it, so there is little dirt or laughter.
narrow
▪ She turned and looked up the narrow dirt road.
■ NOUN
bike
▪ She also writes her own motorcycle column, Purr, and loves riding dirt bikes.
▪ Duhon enjoys speeding across the hard-packed sand on his dirt bike, almost challenging the dry lake to best him.
▪ He rode an old dirt bike and mumbled when he talked.
floor
▪ Cartons of medical supplies were stacked on the dirt floor.
▪ He pulled the doors back, stepped inside, swung the flashlight across the dirt floor.
▪ Inside I would sit on the dirt floor smoking cigarettes stolen from the drawing room.
▪ The Human Body dropped from his hands, snapped open, and the innards scattered all over the dirt floor.
▪ Where the water dripped on to my dirt floor, I scraped a trench with my pocket knife to let it drain out.
▪ Colonels and privates hit the dirt floor as one!
▪ He squatted down, brushed a hand across the dirt floor, and put the hand to his nose.
▪ This was fine compared to the moldy tents and dirt floors at tent city.
path
▪ Bancoult's own home is down a dirt path past corrugated shacks that overspill with children.
▪ Hamilton said, and she headed down a little dirt path.
▪ The dirt path she was on was flanked on the left by a steep bank.
▪ The dirt paths between the house and the other buildings were foaming brown streams.
▪ A hard dirt path leads into the village past a cluster of small bamboo huts.
road
▪ After that it's a dirt road, but fairly new.
▪ We were a mile down a dirt road.
▪ Southern species often sit in dirt roads or sandy tracks and appear in car headlights.
▪ We were bumping along a dirt road when a storm gathered dark clouds above us.
▪ Laidlaw drove past it and pulled up at the end of the dirt road.
▪ Every now and then a car rumbled over the bumpy dirt road, leaving behind a whirl of white dust.
▪ Narrow dirt roads connect the farms to the wider dirt road which links North Chittendon with Montpelier and Barre.
street
▪ I wandered out of Uncle's house and on to the dirt streets.
▪ Old men and women lined the dirt street and cheered as her wagon passed by.
▪ Heavy rains flooded the dirt streets of Gaza.
track
▪ He ran through the gate, down the lane and across to the dirt track faster and faster, leaping and jumping.
▪ We follow the dirt track that meanders with it.
▪ They turned into a dirt track flanked by very young gum trees.
▪ In the morning, we motored along dirt tracks to the deserted ruins of Dainzu and Mitla.
▪ During the monsoon, the dirt track which connects McLeod Ganj with Dharamsala lower down the valley turns into sludge.
▪ Devshi bhai took his group along a dirt track to our left.
▪ The private dirt track led directly to it.
▪ We cycled into the small village of Noul Roman along a dirt track.
■ VERB
cover
▪ His face was covered in dirt and he grinned at us in a rather frightened way.
▪ When the service was over they would cover the coffin with dirt.
▪ Her skin was covered with dirt, but it didn't hide its quality.
▪ Oh, he was covered in dirt and spoke like an actor reciting his lines but he made one mistake.
dig
▪ He looks for freshly dug dirt, or tracks.
▪ That was all part of the job - dig the dirt and then turn it into pure gold.
▪ If you want to dig the dirt your best hope is old Gooseneck, especially if he finds you attractive.
▪ Just imagine him saying that to a reporter trying to dig up more dirt ... trying to stir it up a bit.
▪ The jeep dug dirt as it leapt forward.
digging
▪ The People was the most assiduous in digging the dirt.
▪ Kenny stabbed the toe of his shoe into the layer of pine needles, digging for the dirt beneath.
▪ In politics, as in life, truth hurts.Better to keep mum. Digging up dirt is the media's job.
▪ They felt like giants of desire, pleased happy monsters digging into pay dirt.
▪ If he was a journalist intent on digging up some ancient dirt, he'd come up empty-handed.
dish
▪ This made Fearnley very defensive about his own business, and usually happy to dish the dirt about his aggressive competitor.
▪ I dish the dirt for half an hour and then leave him.
▪ He is often hired to inform Fleet Street about client views or, less charitably, to dish the dirt on opponents.
▪ A woman with a noble title is not supposed to dish royal dirt.
▪ They're the ones who'd love to dish the dirt.
eat
▪ Nolan Ryan sent Dave Winfield sprawling to eat dirt.
▪ We could eat all the sacred dirt on earth, but still those who loved to make war would make war.
▪ The real losers will, for all I know, eat dirt.
hit
▪ Our first instinct was to hit the dirt.
▪ Right now these three boys had hit pay dirt without even knowing the term.
▪ Colonels and privates hit the dirt floor as one!
▪ I hit the dirt and lay there panting.
▪ Another few rounds hit the dirt in front of us.
▪ The grunt leader stood up for a second and then hit the dirt.
▪ Cod, I had really hit pay dirt.
lead
▪ A hard dirt path leads into the village past a cluster of small bamboo huts.
remove
▪ Fabric boots should be scrubbed with clean water to remove the dirt and allowed to dry naturally.
▪ Rinse collard greens thoroughly in lukewarm water, repeating, if necessary, to remove all dirt and grit.
▪ Eventually a more thorough cleaning will remove any dirt and later retouching.
▪ Rory sucked at the tiny wound and spat, trying to remove any dirt.
▪ Washing white is a longer process of removing the dirt and stains.
▪ Whilst regular vacuuming removes surface dirt, crumbs and dust, it can't get rid of the ground dirt.
▪ If necessary, wash it gently in some warm soapy water to remove dirt and food particles. 2.
▪ Before applying paint to the door, lightly clean the surface with white spirit to remove any dirt or grease.
rub
▪ He just goes around there to rub dirt in their wounds.
throw
▪ A little while later, still holding Maura in his arms, Michael threw his handful of dirt on to the coffin.
▪ With pans we threw out the dirt ... Dried meat would be handed round.
▪ With the sentries jeering and the kitchen girls free to throw dirt, glad to see her fallen?
▪ Tyres had thrown the dirt into parallel ridges, knee-high on either side.
treat
▪ No more contract flying, being treated like dirt by all the owner-drivers.
▪ For all I know they treated their women like dirt.
▪ For years I allowed him to treat me like dirt.
▪ You saw how they treated you, like dirt.
▪ He's emperor of a hugely wealthy Aztec mountain kingdom and can afford to treat people like dirt.
▪ You may well be upset, but you're not going to get away with treating me like dirt.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
hit the dirt/the deck
rub sb's nose in it/in the dirt
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ He took off his glasses, which were covered with dirt.
▪ Put the seeds in the pot and cover them with dirt.
▪ She swept the dirt off the back porch.
▪ The floor was covered with dirt.
▪ The kids were playing in the yard, digging in the dirt.
▪ The rooms were cleaned until every speck of dirt and grit was gone.
▪ They live at the end of a dirt road.
▪ Why is there dirt all over the back seat of the car?
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A quick ride up a short but somewhat steep dirt road takes you to Mulholland Drive, known here as dirt Mulholland.
▪ He stabbed the brake, stabbed too hard, and his back wheels slurred in the dirt.
▪ Jack looked up and wiped a grubby hand wearily over his face, streaking the dirt still further.
▪ That way, enough bag was left to use as a flap to hold in the dirt.
▪ The film of steam combined with the patina of dirt on the glass made them almost opaque.
▪ The government was paying farmers fifteen cents a cubic yard to move dirt.
▪ The hose washed off something that was not dirt.
Wikipedia

Dirt (Alice in Chains album)

Dirt is the second studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on September 29, 1992, through Columbia Records. Peaking at number six on the Billboard 200, the album was also well received by music critics. It has since been certified four-times platinum by the RIAA and gone on to sell 5 million copies worldwide, making Dirt the band's highest selling album to date. It was the last album to feature bassist Mike Starr before he departed the band in early 1993.

The album spawned five singles: " Would?", " Them Bones", " Angry Chair", " Rooster", and " Down in a Hole". The songs on the album focused on depression, pain, anger, anti-social behavior, drug use (primarily heroin), war, death, and other emotionally charged topics.

DIRT (band)

DIRT (Death Is Reality Today) were an anarcho-punk band from London, UK. Initially formed in 1980 (with a core line-up of Gary, Deno, Fox, Lou and Vomit), the band frequently played with fellow anarchists Crass, before releasing their first EP, Object, Refuse, Reject, Abuse on the Crass Records label. Their second release, Never Mind Dirt, Here's the Bollocks, also on the Crass label, was a live LP released in 1983. The band went into a brief hiatus after 1982 when they took to the road again (Gary and Deno recruiting new members Stuart, Paul and Richard) and recorded the Just An Error album, after which they split in 1986.

Gary and Deno reconvened the band again in 1992 and began touring extensively which resulted in the Drunks in Rusty Transits album after which the band was dissolved. Singer Gxist (Gary) later formed Stratford Mercenaries with Steve Ignorant of Crass. The original bass player, Vomit (Vincent Learoyd), went on to form Earth Culture, a neo-pagan band before writing the novel THE LAILA MYTHOLOGY in 2013, collaborating on the book trailer with founder CRASS member Penny Rimbaud.

Dirt (novel)

Dirt is the second novel in the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods.

It was first published in 1996 by HarperCollins. The novel takes place in New York, a few years after the events in New York Dead. The novel continues the story of Stone Barrington, a retired detective turned lawyer/private investigator

Dirt (1994 film)

Dirt is a Chinese film from 1994 which depicts the nascent rock music scene of Beijing. It is considered an important example of the Sixth Generation movement that emerged in China after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

While the film's general pessimism about youth is shared by many other Sixth Generation films, a character's choice to have a child rather than an abortion has been seen by some scholars to have played a role in why the film received official permission to screen abroad, in contrast to the similarly themed Beijing Bastards.

Dirt (disambiguation)

Dirt is a blanket term for unclean matter.

Dirt may also refer to:

  • Soil, that is found on the ground

Dirt

Dirt is unclean matter, especially when in contact with a person's clothes, skin or possessions when they are said to become dirty. Common types of dirt include:

  • dust — a general powder of organic or mineral matter
  • filth — foul matter such as excrement
  • grime — a black, ingrained dust such as soot
  • soil — the mix of clay, sand, and humus which lies on top of bedrock

Dirt (TV series)

Dirt (styled d!rt for logos) is an American television serial broadcast on the FX network. It premiered on January 2, 2007 and starred Courteney Cox as Lucy Spiller, the editor-in-chief of the first-of-its-kind "glossy tabloid" magazine DirtNow, which was previously two separate publications: dirt (a tabloid) and Now (a glossy magazine with a more respectable reputation).

A 13-episode second and final season was announced on May 8, 2007. Only seven episodes were produced prior to the 2007 WGA strike shut down production. The shortened second season began airing on March 2, 2008.

The show was produced by Coquette Productions and ABC Studios.

On June 8, 2008, FX canceled the series after two seasons.

Dirt (Kids in Glass Houses album)

Dirt is the second studio album from Welsh rock band Kids in Glass Houses, released on 29 March 2010 through Roadrunner Records. The album was recorded during mid-2009 at Sonic Boom Ranch Studios in Texas with Jason Perry and at Long Wave Studios in Wales with Smart Casual producer Romesh Dodangoda. The lead single from the album was "Young Blood (Let It Out)" and was released on 4 October 2009. The second single from the album is " Matters At All" and was released on 31 January 2010.

The track "Hunt The Haunted" was released as a free download on 8 January 2010. The entire album was available to stream on their MySpace page for a limited time.

The album reached #15 on the UK midweek chart 2 days after its release and officially charted in its first week at #27 selling 8,400.

Dirt (Dean Brody album)

Dirt is the third studio album by Canadian country music artist Dean Brody. It was released on April 24, 2012 via Open Road Recordings under the production of Matt Rovey. Its first single, " Canadian Girls," peaked at number 36 on the Canadian Hot 100 in February 2012.

Dirt was nominated for Country Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards.

Dirt (Florida Georgia Line song)

"Dirt" is a song recorded by American bro-country duo Florida Georgia Line. It is the first single from their second studio album, Anything Goes, which was released on October 14, 2014.

Dirt (magazine)

Dirt was an American lifestyle magazine targeting young men. The magazine was launched in 1991 by Andy Jenkins, Spike Jonze, and Mark Lewman. Lewman, who served as editor-in-chief, said of the debut issue:

We're all about sports, music, movies, girls and junk food. We combine these topics with current events, celebrity quotes and true-life stories like our current profile of a Los Angeles gang member recently released from prison. We're mostly about a boy's basic concerns-with hard-edged pieces mixed in. ... Most of the stereotypes about guys are just wrong. I don't know any Bills and Teds.

Dirt later became part of Lang Communications and was headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The magazine folded in 1994.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dirt

Dirt \Dirt\, v. t. To make foul of filthy; to dirty.
--Swift.

Dirt

Dirt \Dirt\ (d[~e]rt), n. [OE. drit; kin to Icel. drit excrement, dr[=i]ta to dung, OD. drijten to dung, AS. gedr[=i]tan.]

  1. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean; earth; as, a wagonload of dirt.

    Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
    --Is. lvii. 20.

  2. Meanness; sordidness.

    Honors . . . thrown away upon dirt and infamy.
    --Melmoth.

  3. In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing. Dirt bed (Geom.), a layer of clayey earth forming a stratum in a geological formation. Dirt beds are common among the coal measures. Dirt eating.

    1. The use of certain kinds of clay for food, existing among some tribes of Indians; geophagism.
      --Humboldt.

    2. (Med.) Same as Chthonophagia.

      Dirt pie, clay or mud molded by children in imitation of pastry.
      --Otway (1684).

      To eat dirt, to submit in a meanly humble manner to insults; to eat humble pie.

WordNet

dirt

  1. n. the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock [syn: soil]

  2. the state of being covered with unclean things [syn: filth, grime, soil, stain, grease, grunge]

  3. obscene terms for feces [syn: crap, shit, shite, poop, turd]

  4. disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people [syn: scandal, malicious gossip]

dirt

adj. (of roads) not leveled or drained; unsuitable for all year travel [syn: ungraded]

Wiktionary

dirt

n. 1 soil or earth 2 A stain or spot (on clothes etc); any foreign substance that worsens appearance 3 Previously unknown facts, or the invented "facts", about a person; gossip 4 Meanness; sordidness. 5 In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing. vb. (context transitive rare English) To make foul or filthy; soil; befoul; dirty

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

dirt

15c. metathesis of Middle English drit, drytt "mud, dirt, dung" (c.1300), from Old Norse drit, cognate with Old English dritan "to void excrement," from Proto-Germanic *dritan (cognates: Dutch drijten, Old High German trizan). Used abusively of persons from c.1300. Meaning "gossip" first attested 1926 (in Hemingway); dirt bike is 1960s. Dirt-cheap is from 182

  1. Dirt road attested by 185

Usage examples of "dirt".

Pekka said, and went back to the pile of dirt in which she had - she knew she had - planted the acorn now missing.

Murphy ordered the engineer from aft, and in a few moments Jackson Vaughn appeared, hair soaked with sweat, coveralls stained with dirt, a Beretta 9-mm automatic stuffed into his belt.

Passed herselfoffas an agoraphobic and joined the group in order to spy and collect dirt.

Dressed in gaudy tatters and besmudged with dirt, Alec watched gleefully as Seregil juggled, walked ropes, and mugged for the crowd.

The road to his house was nothing more than a stretch of dirt and gravel with a ribbon of grass down the middle, and his jeep sounded like an army tank as it jolted all over the place.

By the time she stepped onto dirt he was sliding swiftly alongshore, heading for a small knot of hooded and robed Funor about halfway back to the rivermouth.

For months, Dornan had been having god knows what nightmares about Tammy maybe sitting in seven separate garbage bags in a ditch alongside some dirt road in Alabama, or getting married to a red-haired, pompous psychologist, or wandering New York in an amnesiac daze.

The muffled sound of hooves on the dirt trail lulled Angelina into a near sleep.

A somersaulting shape, the pygmy killer was tossed beyond the crumbling mass of stone and dirt that entombed a dozen helpless people within the Aureole Mine.

Then, starting at the far end, at the Hearth of the Aurochs, they stirred the banked coals or small sustaining fires in each of the firepits and poured the dirt over them to smother the flames.

He would call Tehran at once and order the largest plane that could land at the dirt strip at Chah Bahar to bring in paratroopers.

Within an hour, Batman and Malibu were in the back of a jeep, bouncing down the dirt road toward the town of Chiang Dao, where a government station had been established to assist the hill tribes living on the slopes of the surrounding mountains.

Many persons think because they daily bathe the face, neck, and hands, dress the hair becomingly and remove the dirt from their clothing that the height of cleanliness has been reached.

A dozen petitioners from the outlying farms waited patiently before him, leaning tiredly on their great longbows, their homespun clothes battered and begrimed with the dirt and dust of long days on the road.

Men and women and young children, gaunt with hunger and begrimed with dirt, some with faces that were hard and stony, some with faces that were weak and simple, some with eyes that were red as blood, all weary with waiting and wasted with long pain, ran hither and thither in the gloom of the foul place where they were immured together.