plunge

[ pluhnj ]
/ plʌndʒ /

verb (used with object), plunged, plung·ing.

verb (used without object), plunged, plung·ing.

noun

Idioms

    take the plunge, to enter with sudden decision upon an unfamiliar course of action, as after hesitation or deliberation: She took the plunge and invested her entire savings in the plan.

Origin of plunge

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French plung(i)erVulgar Latin *plumbicāre to heave the lead. See plumb
Related formsre·plunge, verb, re·plunged, re·plung·ing; nounun·plunged, adjective

Synonym study

1. See dip1.
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British Dictionary definitions for take the plunge

plunge

/ (plʌndʒ) /

verb


noun

Word Origin for plunge

C14: from Old French plongier, from Vulgar Latin plumbicāre (unattested) to sound with a plummet, from Latin plumbum lead
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Idioms and Phrases with take the plunge (1 of 2)

take the plunge

Venture something, commit oneself, as in You've been living together for a year, so when are you going to take the plunge and get married? It is also put as make the plunge, plunge alluding to diving in a body of water. [Mid-1800s]


Idioms and Phrases with take the plunge (2 of 2)

plunge

see take the plunge.


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