Cliche of the Week 19 – Dug Deep

October 3, 2010 at 11:25 pm 3 comments

Athletes dig deep inside themselves to find the right stuff to get across the line.

Dug deep, a key phrase in the sports writers’ playbook, is used about 300 templated times a week in the media.

Rugby: “We got under pressure and we dug deep, but because you’re digging deep all the time, you’re wearing yourself down.” (Tasman coach Kieran Keane in The Nelson Mail, September 27)

Soccer: “A depleted Thornbury Town Falcons dug deep to earn a 3-3 aggregate draw at Brislington Juniors in the same division.” (Bristol Evening Post, September 22)

American Football: “Warren dug deep to fend off the Giants last week in overtime.” (Chicago Daily Herald, September 10)

Golf: “Gordon (Munro) had an opportunity to win the match but came up short and David (Anderson) dug deep to hole out to halve the hole in bogey fives.” (Aberdeen Evening Express, Sept 6)

Tennis: “When (Andy) Murray served to love at 4-2, he had genuine hopes of getting back into the match but (Rafael) Nadal dug deep.” (The Guardian, July 3)

Local News: “Urbandale High School students dug deep into their closets Monday for the first homecoming week dress-up day.” (The Des Moines Register, September 23)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper on Mondays.

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