As a rising star at the BBC in London, he once sank his teeth into the arm of a junior colleague in the middle of a busy newsroom.
The philosopher, Plato, linked Santorini with the mythical lost city of Atlantis that sank beneath the waves.
After Demont returned home with her husband and baby son, she sank into a deep depression.
Joel sank into the couch, smiling, while Ethan threw a balled-up eraser against the wall and laughed.
“Both of our hearts just sank,” Jim Bob said in the episode.
He relaxed his hold on her, and sank back in his chair with a sigh.
Then the Flying Fish folded her wings and sank to a depth of twenty feet.
She sank senseless upon the ground; but she came to herself after a time.
But the Magic Net had spread out and he sank into its meshes.
He sank back in his chair with a groan, and covered his face.
Old English sincan (intransitive) "become submerged, go under, subside" (past tense sanc, past participle suncen), from Proto-Germanic *senkwanan (cf. Old Saxon sinkan, Old Norse sökkva, Middle Dutch sinken, Dutch zinken, Old High German sinkan, German sinken, Gothic sigqan), from PIE root *sengw- "to sink."
The transitive use (mid-13c.) supplanted Middle English sench (cf. drink/drench) which died out 14c. Related: Sank; sunk; sinking. Sinking fund is from 1724. Adjective phrase sink or swim is from 1660s. To sink without a trace is World War I military jargon, translating German spurlos versenkt.
early 15c., "cesspool, pit for reception of wastewater or sewage," from sink (v.). Figurative sense of "place where corruption and vice abound" is from 1520s. Meaning "drain for carrying water to a sink" is from late 15c. Sense of "shallow basin (especially in a kitchen) with a drainpipe for carrying off dirty water" first recorded 1560s. In science and technical use, "place where heat or other energy is removed from a system" (opposite of source), from 1855.
To destroy; ruin; torpedo: I'm afraid we're sunk this time (1613+)