- high enough to reach or cover the ankles: ankle-deep mud.
- deeply involved or entangled: He is ankle-deep in financial troubles.
- as high as the ankles: Rain water ran ankle-deep.
Origin of ankle-deep
First recorded in 1755–65
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Examples from the Web for ankle-deep
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
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
The sidewalk was badly kept, and the rain made it ankle-deep with mud.Recollections of Old Liverpool