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verb (intr, preposition)

to draw (upon)he dipped into his savings
to read (passages) at random or cursorily in (a book, newspaper, etc)

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Idioms and Phrases with dip into

dip into

1

Investigate superficially, as in He began to dip into Chaucer, or She's just dipping into psychology. This expression alludes to plunging briefly into a liquid. [Late 1600s]

2

Withdraw something in small amounts, usually money, as in I'll have to dip into my savings. This usage employs dip into in the sense of plunging one's hand or a ladle into a pot, water, or the like for the purpose of taking something out. [Early 1800s]

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