dip/put/stick a toe in the water

idiom

informal
: to try an activity briefly to see if one likes it
I'm not sure I want to join, but I'd like to dip a toe in the water.

Examples of dip/put/stick a toe in the water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before impacting the ground, the pilots swoop out of the turn just in time to pass through five low height gates and dip a toe in the water before landing on the strip. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2022 Those looking to dip a toe in the water can find havnebade, or harbor baths, all throughout the country, whether on the coast or among its lakes, rivers, and fjords. Regan Stephens, Vogue, 23 Jan. 2023 With this surging growth, more entrepreneurs and investors have decided to dip a toe in the water — or even take the full plunge. Mike Weinberger, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2021 Go ahead and dip a toe in the water to see if viewers notice or care. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2021

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Dictionary Entries Near dip/put/stick a toe in the water

dip pipe

dip/put/stick a toe in the water

dippy

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“Dip/put/stick a toe in the water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dip%2Fput%2Fstick%20a%20toe%20in%20the%20water. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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