One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Put one's toe briefly in (water), typically to check the temperature.
- ‘At first he dipped his toe in it then, discovering the waters warm and comforting, plunged right in.’
- ‘Steve slipped off one of his sandals and dipped his toe into the water.’
- ‘She dipped her toe in and found it cold, but she wanted to be clean again.’
- ‘Obviously nobody had any objection to this and Danielle made a huge show of dipping her toe in the water, clutching her arms and sliding silkily into the water.’
- ‘I'm not going to go in right now, just wanted to dip my toe in the water and see how it felt.’
- ‘She dipped her toe in the water to feel the temperature, and realized it was fairly warm.’
- ‘This is something that I can't get my head around, as I need to have the water around tepid tea temps before I can pluck up the courage to dip my toe in.’
- ‘Norway was shimmering in unusually high summer temperatures during our stay but dipping a toe into the fjord was still enough to send me straight into the hotel's indoor heated pool!’
- 1.1 Begin to do or test (something) cautiously.‘the company has already dipped its toe into the market’
- ‘The actor has been dipping his toe into a variety of genres for years now, something which he admits drives his agent mad.’
- ‘When he arrived he had decided to make a root vegetable bake from his new tiny vegetarian cookbook (as we are his newest group of friends and we are all vegetarians he is dipping his toe into our world of eating).’
- ‘Lady Thatcher dipped her toe into public service reform but that was never seen through because she fell from power and the Tories were then overtaken by events.’
- ‘Last year she took this resourcefulness one step further and dipped her toe into the clothing market for the first time with a ready-to-wear range.’
- ‘As always the sensible advice is, if you fancy it, dip your toe in, but don't invest money you can't afford to lose.’
- ‘In fact, up until 2003 (when he began dipping his toe in the cop film genre), I didn't think Shelton made anything but sports comedies.’
- ‘What are you doing dipping your toe into the cesspool that is politics?’
- ‘The same goes for weekend breaks; an increasingly popular way of dipping your toe into a new culture without breaking the bank.’
- ‘About seven years ago, Pauric first dipped his toe in the fashion world by designing jewellery.’
- ‘While in San Francisco, Faulkner began dipping his toe in stand-up comedy.’
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