Definition of dive in US English:



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  • 1with adverbial of direction Plunge head first into water.

    ‘she walked to the deep end, then she dived in’
    ‘he dived off the bridge for a bet’
    • ‘David just laughed at him before diving back into the water.’
    • ‘I dove under water but it wasn't long before I had to come up for more air.’
    • ‘I winced as he dived under the freezing water of the river.’
    • ‘As quick as lightning, I dove underneath the water and yanked his legs out from underneath him.’
    • ‘There's a small marina there these days and, when I first noticed them, the guys were diving off and swimming around it.’
    • ‘When we reached it, the bridge was a hub of activity, filled with tourists walking across the famous monument and observing the town's young men diving off the bridge into the river below.’
    • ‘Before Desiree could say anything else, he had dived down into the water.’
    • ‘Every summer there are serious accidents that occur when people dive or jump off of boats into shallow water.’
    • ‘He dived down in the water for a moment and reappeared with a handful of what looked to be fine sea weed.’
    • ‘Liv raised her arms over her head and then dove swiftly into the water.’
    • ‘As soon as they were all in, she dived under the water.’
    • ‘She undid the blue cord around her neck as she went, kicked off her sandals, and dove into the pool.’
    • ‘In Italy, Romans braved a cold wind yesterday to dive off a bridge into the river Tiber to mark a 30-year old New Year tradition.’
    • ‘He took off his shoes, socks, and finally his shirt, then dove into the pool.’
    • ‘He dove under the water and grabbed her legs, pulling her under.’
    • ‘She dived head first under the water and fully disappeared.’
    • ‘More than fifty hardy souls, many very young and a few of advanced years, dived, jumped or simply slid into the icy water.’
    • ‘She smiled at them, turned around and dived back into the water.’
    • ‘They all dived down into the pool, and swam through the left tunnel.’
    • ‘I turned around to see him following me, so I dived under water and swam to the other side of the pool.’
    plunge, plummet, nosedive, descend, jump, fall, drop, swoop, pitch, bellyflop
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    1. 1.1 (of a fish, a submarine, or a vessel used for underwater exploration) go to a deeper level in water.
      ‘the fish dive down to about 1,400 feet and then swim southwest’
      • ‘The area for the submarines to dive has already been determined by the city of Pattaya.’
      • ‘Some whales leap out of the water to watch humans; others turn tail and dive.’
      • ‘The Emperor penguin is an exceptional diver and can stay submerged for 18 minutes and dive as deep as 500 meters.’
      • ‘It is 23.5 meters long with clear glass sides and can dive to a level of 30 meters.’
      • ‘This allows the shark to run off easily if the crew misses the fish and it dives.’
      • ‘Some are missed, but when I get it right and the fish dives or runs across the shallows, I get that great sense of fun.’
      • ‘Once a sub has dived and depth charges are raining down, there isn't much anyone can do but hang in there, pray and staunch the water when the pipes burst.’
      • ‘I cast some sixty feet, three quick pulls then a good fish hit hard and dived for the bottom.’
      • ‘They had takes in mid water from 2 or 3 large Pollock which had room to dive and these fish offered some good rod bending action.’
      • ‘The small ones are fairly easy to land, but hook a 4lb plus fish in deep water that wants to dive and you will have a real handful trying to hold it on a light rod.’
      • ‘Elephant seals can dive to depths of almost a mile without getting the bends.’
      • ‘Some species such as the pilot whale can dive to depths of nearly 2,000 feet.’
      • ‘They go to watch sperm whales spout and dive or to swim with pods of dusky dolphins.’
      • ‘Again, a short pumping cadence is efficient; dropping the high tip low to the water gives the fish more time to dive as you reel to recover line.’
      • ‘The fish dived as one for the ocean floor and capsized the boat.’
      • ‘In a swirl the fish dived and headed downstream, pulling the rod tip downwards to the water surface.’
      • ‘Some can dive to depths of one kilometre without damage to their tissues.’
      • ‘They would then swim and dive a few fathoms to pick up either trochus or bêche de mer.’
      • ‘As the vessel dives to the bottom of the ocean, look through the periscope and portholes to see the surrounding seascapes.’
    2. 1.2 Swim underwater using breathing equipment.
      ‘he had been diving in the area to test equipment’
      • ‘Travelers can snorkel, dive, kayak, fish, or simply plant their feet in the sand and soak up the sun.’
      • ‘You should not be swimming or diving if you have recently been drinking alcohol.’
      • ‘I love to fish for mackerel and dive for scallops.’
      • ‘But the other gentleman said, I dove with the sharks in South Africa.’
      • ‘You can even dive with sharks at the Aquarium if you are a qualified diver.’
      • ‘You go out diving and swim through a kelp forest, which is the sort of thing you associate with temperate coasts, and then you're suddenly in a coral bed.’
      • ‘We have done the same thing and had the opportunity to dive with the sharks.’
      • ‘The advert also asked for someone who could dive, sail, fly fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft, speak several European languages, ski and work as a chauffeur.’
      • ‘You can fish, or dive, or lie on the impossibly white sand and count how many shades of blue there are in the sea beyond.’
      • ‘There's not much to do here but fish, dive, watch the sun sizzle down into the Indian Ocean and to dawdle your bicycle along the island's one path.’
      • ‘Some people go diving and catch crayfish and occasionally paua.’
      • ‘The recovery plan gave the team only eight days diving on site and required the removal of about 40 cubic metres of sand and silt.’
      • ‘It is most common in children and young adults who swim or dive a lot.’
      • ‘Bill Smith said the expedition was a good exercise in diving at high altitude, which presents additional physical challenges.’
      • ‘A Cheshire woman who was diving as the tsunami struck Thailand told her family of how she managed to cheat death.’
      • ‘Check the equipment before diving for once you dive, you will not get a chance to do that and its malfunctioning in the water can be hazardous.’
      • ‘I met a young man not long ago who dives for exotic fish for aquariums.’
      • ‘At Hurghada in the Red Sea you can laze by the pool, snorkel and dive or go on a jeep safari to the Valley of the Kings.’
      • ‘I hope that one day when these great, friendly sharks swim in the seas off Taiwan, people will want to swim and dive with them instead eat them.’
      • ‘Men go out in fishing boats or dive from the shore, while women often mend fishing nets.’
      swim under water, go under water, submerge, sink
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  • 2(of an aircraft or bird) plunge steeply downward through the air.

    ‘the aircraft dove for the ground to avoid the attack’
    • ‘It's like watching a flock of birds suddenly diving at various times.’
    • ‘Suddenly, an eagle dived from the sky and snatched the rabbit right off the ground.’
    • ‘It was indeed a peaceful place; with the small waves lapping at the shore rocks and the birds diving overhead, but, at night, you could see none of this.’
    • ‘Even hummingbirds are in the business of chasing and diving after bigger birds that offend them.’
    • ‘Then all of a sudden there was a sound like smashing crockery, and the planes come diving out of the clouds.’
    • ‘The sun was suddenly eclipsed by a shadow as the other bird circled before diving.’
    • ‘Bradford Council countryside service officer Richard Perham said there had been several reports of the bird diving on walkers and dogs in the area during the last month.’
    • ‘The arrow shot through the air like an eagle diving for a mouse and its aim was just as true.’
    • ‘The aircraft dived as it was buffeted by turbulence at 34,000 ft, lifting passengers high out of their seats and leaving them in fear of their lives.’
    • ‘I watched a few birds dive and glide.’
    • ‘I turned toward the enemy fighters, diving down to attack.’
    • ‘Male kestrels display to attract females by climbing high, calling, then diving fast and steeply before climbing again repeatedly.’
    • ‘I dove below the cloud layer and started after a couple of enemy aircraft but they were shot down before I could close up.’
    • ‘The airship suddenly dove when it came close to the tower.’
    • ‘In most cases, birds will tuck their wings and dive if they perceive an oncoming aircraft as a threat.’
    • ‘With the aircraft losing altitude, I dove through a sheet of fire at 400 feet.’
    • ‘Just as Kane was about to run, the birds screeched and dove at him.’
    • ‘He grabbed the controls, closed the throttles, and dove through that hole in the clouds, and landed.’
    • ‘They preferred to dive through the enemy fighter and bomber formations, lining up on a target, firing a burst or two and then continuing on below the enemy.’
    • ‘I had to dive down a little and picked up some valuable airspeed.’
    1. 2.1 Move quickly or suddenly in a specified direction.
      ‘a bullet passed close to his head and he dived for cover’
      • ‘His cross picked out Gray whose diving header was off target, although he was offside.’
      • ‘I dove for cover behind a building as bullets traced lines across the ground.’
      • ‘He dove to the ground, praying that he'd gone far enough.’
      • ‘Then as the wasps hovered towards him he quickly dived to safety.’
      • ‘They went a goal down to a great strike from Cunningham but Tom Gruddy brought them level with a powerful diving header.’
      • ‘Just before he hit forward on the flight deck, I dove head-first into an open hatchway to avoid the fireball and explosion.’
      • ‘He dove to the left, his hand already reaching for his extra weapon.’
      • ‘The soldier once again dove for cover, this time behind a heavy-lift machine.’
      • ‘Cecil quickly dove behind a small block of cement but knew his hiding place wouldn't last long.’
      • ‘Wild-eyed and sure that he was personally under attack, Joe dived for cover.’
      • ‘Davis dove to the ground and Anderson jumped out of the way of the grenade.’
      • ‘Jax reached the jungle, diving headlong into the dense undergrowth just as the barrel exploded.’
      • ‘One time, I had to run as the security guard's lights aimed in my direction, and I dove head first into a prickle bush to get hidden in time.’
      • ‘He leaped to his feet faster than I'd ever seen him move and dived for the sink.’
      • ‘Justin immediately drew his guns, and dove to the left, without warning.’
      • ‘School kids dove under their desks when the alarms went off to recall airmen who lived off base.’
      • ‘They all dived out of the way, as a massive ball of flame smashed into the wall behind them.’
      • ‘I dove to my left into the woods, and rolled behind a tree.’
      • ‘As shots rang out students dived for cover as panic spread through the hall.’
      • ‘Terrified residents had scrambled out of bed and dived for cover after being woken by the gunshot early yesterday morning.’
      leap, jump, lunge, launch oneself, throw oneself, go headlong, bolt, dart, dash, rush, scurry
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    2. 2.2 (of prices or profits) drop suddenly.
      ‘profits before tax dived by 61 percent’
      • ‘Oil prices are expected to dive after the end of a possible military conflict.’
      • ‘To many, the company seemed to have lost the plot as its share price dived to 69p.’
      • ‘After one of them walked away from the arena, prices dived so low that Satsuma pottery can be found at half the prices of five years ago.’
      • ‘The company's chief executive resigned and the share price dived.’
      • ‘Oil prices dived to their lowest level in two months yesterday before recovering in afternoon trading as nervous dealers watched closely for news from the Middle East.’
      • ‘It expects revenues to continue to dive.’
      • ‘The bank has data going back over fifty years, but only on one occasion did prices dive during that time.’
      • ‘The company's profits dived 70% in the first half of the year, and sales are still falling.’
      • ‘However, when prices dive so low, how can we be confident that no one is being exploited at the manufacturing end?’
      • ‘Japan's stock market crumpled and its land prices dove.’
      • ‘Over the past few weeks, bond prices have dived, pushing bond yields sharply higher.’
      • ‘Then, in 2000, the war veterans began moving in on working farms and the country's foreign exchange earnings began to dive.’
      • ‘Despite the announcement, Datalex shares dived around 18 per cent to close at 70 cents on the Nasdaq.’
      • ‘The low-cost carrier's share price dived early last year when it released a profit warning.’
      • ‘As the stock market dived on Friday and then again on Monday you could not help wondering how much of it had to do with the amplified effect of such statements on multiple news channels.’
      • ‘The frantic sell-off marked the third time so far this year in which a company's share price had dived by as much as 90 per cent in a single day.’
      • ‘As a result it was weighed down by debt and its share price dived.’
      • ‘Share prices have dived by 40% this week amid warnings that fear of terrorism is deterring customers.’
    3. 2.3informal Put one's hand quickly into something, especially a pocket or purse, in order to find something.
      ‘she dived into her bag and extracted a card’
      • ‘To everyone's surprise, she dove into her pocket with her hand and removed one.’
      • ‘My first client dove into her bag for her cell phone.’
      • ‘Kel dropped the map and dove for her pocket before she realized that the stone hung from her belt.’
      • ‘He dived into his pocket and brought out a handful of sliver quarters, which he scattered among the crowd.’
    4. 2.4Soccer informal (of a player) deliberately fall when challenged in order to deceive the referee into awarding a foul.
      • ‘Players are trained to dive and manipulate refs to get decisions their way.’
      • ‘Remarkably the referee pointed to the spot, unaware of the new rule change that players who dive get booked.’
      • ‘If he was not fouled and the ball was not won, then he dived.’
      • ‘Yellow cards are to be issued to players who dive.’
      • ‘Then they tackled, he went down claiming a foul and she was spotted motioning that he'd dived.’


  • 1A plunge head first into water.

    ‘he hit the sea in a shallow dive’
    ‘a high dive’
    • ‘The British pair of Tony Ally and Mark Shipman finished fifth, but might have been in with a chance of a bronze medal had they scored higher with their early dives.’
    • ‘In Sydney, their chance of a medal was lost in the execution of their last and most complex dive, given 3.8 degree of difficulty, the highest in the competition.’
    • ‘Major Ingram had to overcome a fear of heights to tackle dives from the 15 metre board.’
    • ‘The bronze medal went to Russia's Yulia Pakhalina, who dropped from silver to bronze on the last dive, having led through the qualifying rounds.’
    • ‘In the first round he executes a near perfect dive and takes a large lead.’
    • ‘Performers would then dive into the water from the swing, embellishing their dives with graceful twists and spins, when the swing reached its highest point.’
    • ‘Last year the National Federation of State High School Associations amended the rule concerning minimum pool depth for racing dives.’
    • ‘After two dives, they were lying fifth and seemingly out of medal contention, but nailing their most difficult of the night at that moment lifted them from fifth to second and presented the leaders with a momentary threat.’
    • ‘In the synchronised event, divers attempt to mirror speed along the board, the height of the jump, their rotation and entry into the water, although dives do not have to be identical.’
    • ‘How tough would it be to do a great dive and start if your glutes, thighs, hamstrings and calves were tight?’
    • ‘Margaret's entry is so clean, you'd think this was a forward dive.’
    • ‘I'd rock-climbed and done cool dives off a high dive at the local pool.’
    • ‘She did a perfect swan dive off the diving board into rippling water below her.’
    • ‘The risk was that he might not execute his dive properly and so sustain injury.’
    • ‘Consecutive dives worth 80.19 and 93.84 in rounds four and five propelled the 23-year-old up the leader board but he could go no higher.’
    • ‘The group also discussed the ever-growing issues regarding pool depths for racing dives.’
    • ‘They scrutinised every move with nervous excitement as Pete and diving partner Leon Taylor twisted and somersaulted in the air for each of the five dives during the 45 minute contest on Saturday night.’
    • ‘They went into their final - and most difficult - dive needing 88 points and made the grade with room to spare.’
    • ‘In the pool her charges, Eloise and Sarah, continue to rehearse their routine, a complicated sequence of turns, scissor-kicks and dives, all done to music, in unison, and with precision.’
    • ‘I jumped as if to do a cannonball, but then turned into a dive while I was falling.’
    plunge, plummet, nosedive, descent, jump, fall, drop, swoop, pitch, bellyflop
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    1. 1.1 An instance of swimming or going deeper under water.
      ‘divers should have a good intake of fluid before each dive’
      • ‘My average dive was about 40 minutes, going to no more than about 60 feet.’
      • ‘There are six or seven scuba operators who lead guided shark dives.’
      • ‘The team carried out 355 dives, totalling 15, 336 minutes or the equivalent of ten days underwater.’
      • ‘After the second dive of the day, she and her husband surfaced in rough seas.’
      • ‘The 30-foot dive off the end of the pier showed me an array of sea creatures, from manta rays to green turtles to Galapagos sharks.’
      • ‘The first dive was planned to give us a 15-minute bottom time and total decompression of 90 minutes.’
      • ‘Twenty minutes into his dive under the Antarctic ice, despite swimming hard along the lines of the grid, Jimmy is shaking uncontrollably.’
      • ‘Scheduled dives for qualified divers run throughout the summer.’
      • ‘Recorded dives have lasted 22 minutes, and reached depths of 1,800 feet.’
      • ‘No part of the wreck is in more than 10m, so it's a perfect second dive.’
      • ‘A 58-year-old diver using a rebreather with a dry suit made a shore dive to 300 feet.’
      • ‘After several minutes waving around in the current they had aborted the dive.’
      • ‘I want to put together a team of divers that specialize in deep water dives and can handle other ‘tasks’ as well.’
      • ‘Did the afternoon dive on the wreck of a barge in the middle of a broad bay.’
      • ‘She has since become a certified advanced open water diver and has logged 144 dives, achieving her deepest dive at 105 feet.’
      • ‘To finish off your dive, swim up the main gully back to the harbour entry point.’
      • ‘They are able to swim up to 12 mph and can hold their breath for 28 minutes, although dives are typically much shorter.’
      • ‘He and a buddy made a shore entry dive to 70 feet for 15 minutes wearing dry suits.’
      • ‘There are training trips to various underwater sites, including dives to interesting wrecks, and diving in dams, lakes and caves.’
      • ‘On most of the dives, 35m is the maximum depth on a morning dive for experienced divers.’
  • 2A steep descent by an aircraft or bird.

    ‘the jumbo jet went into a dive’
    See also nosedive
    • ‘People out fishing reported seeing the aircraft flying straight and level, then entering a spiral dive before flattening out momentarily.’
    • ‘Barrel rolls, loops and dives featured as the three aircraft wheeled gracefully over the expanse of Sydney Harbour.’
    • ‘He reported seeing the airplane in a vertical dive and estimated that it completed at least three 360-degree turns.’
    • ‘He put the fighter in a gentle dive and throttled back to save precious fuel as he neared the planes.’
    • ‘If he took this logic to the extreme, the next course of action might mean a radical dive to pick up airspeed so we could pop up over the trees.’
    • ‘In a gliding dive inclined at an angle to the horizontal the bird must keep the wings partly open to provide the lift needed to maintain a constant glide angle.’
    • ‘The airplane accelerates very quickly in the dive and when seen from the ground appears extremely fast.’
    • ‘To attract a female, the male performs a high, circling flight display, followed by a steep dive.’
    • ‘They would tuck in their wings and execute spectacular dives.’
    • ‘He went into a dive from about 2000 feet and crashed into the ground.’
    • ‘McKee pressed the fighter stick forward, sending the craft into a non-afterburning mach-one dive.’
    • ‘Positive G forces are usually encountered when pulling an aircraft out of a dive or during a turn, acting on the body directionally from head to toe.’
    • ‘‘We're going in low to take a closer look,’ drawls the grizzled pilot as he hauls the jet into a steep dive and zooms towards the coastline.’
    • ‘For years I figured Paul had put us into that dive purposely to extinguish the flames and to hide in the clouds from the Luftwaffe.’
    • ‘Coming straight towards them were 25 dive bombers which had just recovered from their dives.’
    • ‘He took off shortly after noon and climbed to 6000 feet, rolled over and began his dive.’
    • ‘Hummingbirds are particularly welcome, with their precision aerial maneuvers, including steep dives to fend off interlopers.’
    • ‘I eased the nose down a bit and started a shallow dive.’
    • ‘After struggling to keep airborne, the Wellington went into a steep dive, shedding pieces of fuselage on the way before hurtling into the ground.’
    going down, coming down
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    1. 2.1 A sudden movement in a specified direction.
      ‘she made a dive for the fridge to quench her raging thirst’
      • ‘Nick made a dive for the tool on the ground.’
      • ‘She made a dive for his legs, and as he fell she grabbed the syringe from his hands.’
      • ‘He dodged the bullets and made a dive for the chute.’
      • ‘She offered the phone to Max with a simple, ‘Here,’ just as he was about to make another headlong dive for it.’
      • ‘Tristyn made a dive for the remote again, but he caught both of her hands with his.’
      • ‘He made a dive for his guns and grabbed one.’
      • ‘Gilmour had his arms raised, Lauder had his chest thrust forward in his dive for the line.’
      • ‘While those who had been standing around to see the game made a dive for the tickets, the person approached Matt.’
      • ‘The thug made a dive for the gun when Becky kicked it away.’
      • ‘She then executed a spectacular dive through the air, landing on her feet.’
      • ‘Letting out a zealous shriek, he took a great daredevil dive over the sofa, knocking against the coffee table and scattering its contents all over.’
      • ‘I made a dive for my hiding place under the bed, fell over Mother, and struck my nose on the edge of her bed, giving myself a bloody nose and two black eyes.’
      • ‘We both made a dive for our rods and settled into our chairs for the fight ahead.’
      • ‘I took my clothes and made a dive for the bed.’
      • ‘I laughed more as he fumbled his way out of the car and made a dive for me.’
      lunge, spring, jump, leap, bolt, dart, dash, dodge
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    2. 2.2 A sudden and significant fall in prices or profits.
      ‘an 11 percent dive in profits’
      • ‘I suspect the stock market had taken a bit of a dive, and the school fees certainly weren't getting any cheaper.’
      • ‘South Sea itself may face disciplinary action by the stock exchange for making inconsistent statements during the share price dive.’
      • ‘This reduces your risk of the markets taking a sudden dive and you being caught unawares until it's too late.’
      • ‘Their figures for the year have been looking good until the last month, when they have taken a steep dive.’
      • ‘Part of the share price dive was caused by some confusion as to what profit level the ‘low end of market expectations’ actually was.’
      • ‘In Britain last year MG had a 13.5 per cent sales dive.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, housing transaction volume in the city continued to ebb in May, a dive of 45 per cent compared with April.’
      • ‘This time around, the stock market has taken a dive but there is a corresponding profit to ease the pain.’
      • ‘In October the company warned that the price dive would harm its results.’
    3. 2.3Soccer informal A deliberate fall by a player, intended to deceive the referee into awarding a foul.
      • ‘His subsequent dive is utterly preposterous, but the referee doesn't book him.’
      • ‘If the TV shows that someone has clearly made a dive, the FA should invoke a new rule, requiring that player to wear a red armband for the rest of the season.’
      • ‘It is rare that referees actually pick up on an elaborate dive by an attacking player, and it is usually the defender who sees red.’
      • ‘If players knew their dives would later be analysed by FA disciplinary officials and result in a three-match ban, they would soon cut it out.’
      • ‘He collapses in the penalty box and gets a yellow card for a none-too-subtle dive.’
  • 3informal A shabby or sleazy bar or similar establishment.

    ‘he got into a fight in some dive’
    ‘a detective story set in the smoky clubs and dive bars of 1940s Los Angeles’
    • ‘If this were a corner dive bar, the place would be packed, but here people are so spread out, it feels empty, and voices float and echo without colliding.’
    • ‘Most evenings he spent drinking beer in dive bars.’
    • ‘She is always a bright ray of sunshine in the middle of a dive bar.’
    • ‘The fight club meets in the basement of a dive bar.’
    • ‘All the bars looked like right dives, and nowhere had steaks on offer.’
    • ‘It's not particularly expensive but it isn't a dive bar either.’
    • ‘She had arranged to meet him in a bar, more of a dive really than a bar.’
    • ‘I want urban life, which includes, cafés, dive bars, and rave clubs.’
    • ‘It's early morning in this dive of a diner, a refreshing late-September chili spilling into Happy Valley from the mountains.’
    • ‘The third place is Botanica, a dive bar on Houston and Mulberry.’
    • ‘We ended up at karaoke night in a dive where the waitress's hair defied gravity.’
    • ‘Nina and Beth were going stag, and they were going to meet up with Topher, Jill, and their dates at this little Italian dive called Pomodoro.’
    • ‘Communism turned beatnik in smoky '60s dives like Bicycle Bob Silverman's old café, the Seven Steps Bookshop, where a young Bob Dylan would eventually play.’
    • ‘We met in a dive bar, and we talked and drank and smoked for a few hours.’
    • ‘Having just been dumped for the second time in a month, I went to the neighborhood dive bar with a friend.’
    • ‘In short, he's political and funny, and he delivers it all as if you were chatting over a coffee - or six shots of Jager at your local dive bar.’
    • ‘Hickey's is a small dive of a bar located a block from Madison Square Garden.’
    • ‘The thing is, London hotels struggle to offer that at a reasonable price without descending into total dives.’
    sleazy bar, sleazy nightclub, drinking den
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  • take a dive

    • 1Pretend to be knocked out.

      • ‘Manny was fighting and the opponent would just fall, and it looked like they were taking dives.’
      • ‘The reputation of the most feared heavyweight of his day lay in tatters after Liston took a dive in his second title bout against Cassius Clay in 1965.’
      • ‘Having seen the film it is not too difficult to understand why general consensus was that Willie took a dive.’
      • ‘Many observers questioned whether Sonny Liston took a dive in his second fight against Ali.’
      • ‘He would later claim he took a dive in his fight with Willard in Havana, Cuba.’
      1. 1.1(of prices, hopes, fortunes, etc.) fall suddenly.
        ‘profits could take a dive as easily as they could soar’
        ‘her reputation took a dive from which it has not recovered’
        • ‘However, his profile took a dive and by the middle of the decade, he had disappeared from public view entirely.’
        • ‘Fast forward eight months, and rational or not, consumer confidence is taking a dive.’
        • ‘Over the next several years, business took a dive.’
        • ‘The deal-making cooled off in the spring as the stock markets took a dive, slowing to a low of $78.7 billion in April.’
        • ‘On Thursday the share price took a dive to 54p before recovering to 70p.’
        • ‘My productivity, along with that of my coworkers, took a dive.’
        • ‘You don't have to worry about losing your money if the market takes a dive.’
        • ‘Thorpe's hopes for a clean sweep of the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle also took a dive today after he qualified slowest for tomorrow's 100m final.’
        • ‘In effect, his only risk is if the US stock market takes a dive.’
        • ‘When the sugar market took a dive in 2000, some investors quickly fled and a number of plants were put on the block.’
        fall sharply, fall steeply, plummet, plunge, dive, nosedive, take a dive, drop rapidly, slump, slide, fall, decrease, decline
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Phrasal Verbs

  • dive in

    • Help oneself to food.

      • ‘If the food is placed on her tray, however, she dives in with both hands and eats with obvious enjoyment.’
      • ‘She promised that more were coming, but for now, everyone dove in.’
      • ‘Not one to be intimidated by exotic foods, she bravely dove in and was surprised to find she actually kind of liked it.’
  • dive into

    • Occupy oneself suddenly and enthusiastically with (a meal, or an engrossing subject or activity)

      ‘dive into a barbecued beef burrito’
      • ‘Michelle then dived into an engrossing tale of teenage hormones going crazy.’
      • ‘Next he dives into an explanation of wedging, offering a physics lesson on why skis are so darn slippery.’
      • ‘I dove into this project because my telephone call to my Mother didn't go so well.’
      • ‘He would dive into the story with what I can only call measured abandon and make me believe.’
      • ‘The resulting meals are well worth diving into for seafood lovers.’
      • ‘Instead, I dove into the chapters as a reader entirely new both to this title and to the subject matter.’
      • ‘They dive into the meal before she's even comfortably seated at the table.’
      • ‘He tried not to sound thrown off by this and dove into his question.’
      • ‘She mumbled something I couldn't hear, and held her chin in her hand as she dove into thought.’
      • ‘The boy's eyes lit up as he dove into the food, and soon the plate was clean.’
      • ‘If you like diving into the game right away, it will take you a bit of time to figure out what the icons on the side mean.’
      • ‘I took a deep breath and then dove into the story, telling every single detail.’
      • ‘After she hung up my boss remarked about how oversensitive she is and said we should get our minds off it by diving into work.’
      • ‘Every year, she dove into the water, waiting for the dolphins to make contact.’
      • ‘Upon return home, I dove into research about what was in pet products and why they affected my dog.’
      • ‘Did you have a sudden craving for salt and dive into a bag of potato chips?’
      • ‘The mess hall wasn't far away, and finally seated, alone as usual, at his table, Ves happily dived into his meal.’
      • ‘I've always wanted to write a novel, so this seems like a fun way to dive into my first novel.’


Old English dūfan ‘dive, sink’ and dȳfan ‘immerse’, of Germanic origin; related to deep and dip.