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Old 10 May 2018, 05:03 PM
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I don't know about Australia; but to me "digger" means just "a person who digs." Well digger, for instance (though modern ones use machines to do the work, and it occurs to me that the machines may also be called "well diggers", I'm not sure.)

So my first thought on seeing the headline was also that there were people buried down there; perhaps people who had been digging tunnels or foundations, since people digging ditches, or garden beds, or for that matter music, rarely wind up buried underground (though in the case of some ditches it's possible.)

-- actually I suppose people digging tunnels or foundations only rarely wind up buried underground, either. But it can happen.

"Gold diggers" can be literal or figurative, depending on the context.
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