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ankle-deep

[ang-kuh l-deep] /ˈæŋ kəlˈdip/
adjective
1.
high enough to reach or cover the ankles:
ankle-deep mud.
2.
deeply involved or entangled:
He is ankle-deep in financial troubles.
adverb
3.
as high as the ankles:
Rain water ran ankle-deep.
Origin of ankle-deep
1755-1765
First recorded in 1755-65
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  • Stepping heedlessly into the ankle-deep muck, Solange walked forward.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Another morning came, and there they sat, ankle-deep in cards.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Oil was on everybody's tongue and ankle-deep in some of the streets.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • I'm covered with varnish and mud, and ankle-deep in crockery.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • The sidewalk was badly kept, and the rain made it ankle-deep with mud.

  • She had slept soundly, the day was clear, the air crisp, the snow was not ankle-deep.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • There was no respite until the ground was ankle-deep with confetti.

  • By nightfall of this day the room was ankle-deep in pearls and diamonds.

    Toto's Merry Winter Laura E. Richards
  • At last she opened the door and stepped out, ankle-deep in water.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • In their place, from skirting-board to skirting-board, the floor was ankle-deep in shavings.

    Witching Hill E. W. Hornung

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