plumb the depths of

idiom

1
literary : to examine (something) in a careful and complete way in order to understand it
The play plumbs the depths of human nature.
2
: to experience a lot of (something)
someone who has plumbed the depths of loss/pain

Examples of plumb the depths of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This fall brought devoted fans a second season aboard the Revenge, and gave creator-executive producer David Jenkins and his writers the chance to plumb the depths of his characters further, and lean into each actor’s strengths. Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Once upon a time, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to plumb the depths of the ocean and scale the heights of space with Vladimir Putin. Megha Mandavia, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 BoJack Horseman, the phenomenal final season of which aired on Netflix at the beginning of this year, challenged its audience to plumb the depths of a wrongdoer’s psyche. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 22 Dec. 2020 Five days a week from an office on the Upper West Side, Mr. Zechory helps his 20 or so patients — some of them supine, in the classic style — plumb the depths of their unconscious minds. Joseph Bernstein, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2023 Terrifying monsters and ancient dragons plumb the depths of deep caverns and poisonous lakes. Erik Kain, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 The Pulitzer Prize-winner has an astonishing ability to plumb the depths of his subjects—crafting a raw, nuanced portrait of a person in the process. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 9 Jan. 2023 That's what makes Fish's revival truly revelatory, his ability to plumb the depths of a musical that has long been whitewashed and revered as a piece of Americana, rather than understood as a critique of it. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 16 Sep. 2022 Northam appointed a commission to plumb the depths of state code and find racist language that persisted, in many cases, from the time of Jim Crow. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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“Plumb the depths of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plumb%20the%20depths%20of. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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