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ankle-deep

[ ang-kuhl-deep ]
/ ˈæŋ kəlˈdip /
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adjective
high enough to reach or cover the ankles: ankle-deep mud.
deeply involved or entangled: He is ankle-deep in financial troubles.
adverb
as high as the ankles: Rainwater ran ankle-deep.
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Origin of ankle-deep

First recorded in 1755–65
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