dip/put/stick a toe in the water

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of dip/put/stick a toe in the water

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.

Word by Word Definitions

dip play
  1. : to plunge or immerse momentarily or partially under the surface (as of a liquid) so as to moisten, cool, or coat

  2. : to thrust in a way to suggest immersion

  3. : to immerse (an animal, such as a sheep or dog) in an antiseptic or parasiticidal solution

  1. : an act of dipping

  2. : inclination downward:

  3. : pitch

  1. : a stupid or unsophisticated person

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

stick play
  1. : a woody piece or part of a tree or shrub: such as

  2. : a usually dry or dead severed shoot, twig, or slender branch

  3. : a cut or broken branch or piece of wood gathered for fuel or construction material

  1. : to hit or propel (something, such as a hockey puck) with a stick

  1. : to pierce with something pointed : stab

  2. : to kill by piercing

  3. : to push or thrust so as or as if to pierce

  1. : a thrust with a pointed instrument : stab

  2. : delay, stop

  3. : impediment

toe play
  1. : one of the terminal members of the vertebrate foot

  2. : the fore end of a foot or hoof

  3. : a terminal segment of a limb of an invertebrate

  1. : to touch, reach, or drive with the toe

  2. : to furnish with a toe

  3. : to drive (something, such as a nail) obliquely

water play
  1. : the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent

  2. : a natural mineral water

  3. : a particular quantity or body of water: such as

  1. : to moisten, sprinkle, or soak with water

  2. : to supply with water for drink

  3. : to supply water to


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