Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(take/have) a dig at (somebody)

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1) insult or criticize someone
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    • have a dig at someone for something
  • Analysis
    This is an informal expression that can sometimes be lighthearted, despite it being about criticism. Although it can be used in professional situations, it's more suited to private conversations (unless you're in a position where you would be comfortable sharing a joke with your company/audience).
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Fiona couldn't resist having a dig at me for my bad driving. It's not like she's any better!
    2. I don't know why Adam decided to take a dig at me. I hadn't done anything to him.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. In the meeting, the boss took a dig at a few members of staff who she felt were not pulling their weight.  
    2. The CEO couldn't resist taking a dig at their rival company in his address to the audience.
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