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    What does "dig on" mean?

    Hallorann gained his knees and as it came at him, lowslung and incredibly quick, he splashed it with the gas.
    There was a hissing, spitting sound and it drew back.
    "Gas!" Hallorann cried, his voice shrill and breaking. "Gonna burn you, baby!
    Dig on it awhile!" The lion came at him again, still spitting angrily.

    Hi, dear teachers. I am reading the Shining and come across "dig on". I have looked it up. I am not sure whether it means "enjoy" or "look at"?

    The context is Hallorann is fighting a hedge animal shaped like a lion which has come to life. He trys to burn it with gas.

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    Re: What does "dig on" mean?

    The character is sarcastically urging the lion to think positively about being splashed with gasoline ("petrol" in British English).

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    Re: What does "dig on" mean?

    I know of only one book called The Shining​. It's by Stephen King and that definitely wasn't an excerpt from it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: What does "dig on" mean?

    It's in the novel, just not the TV adaptation. Apparently Kubrick thought animals were too "cutesy", so he changed things.

    Also, it looks like this exact same question was recently posted here.
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    Re: What does "dig on" mean?

    Please ignore my comment in post #4. I'm a huge Stephen King fan (the books, not the films generally) and I had a mad moment where I mixed up The Shining and The Stand. Even though I typed The Shining, I was thinking about The Stand and (obviously) the quote in post #1 wasn't from that!

    Apologies for any confusion.
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