the deep end

Definition of the deep end

informal
used in phrases such as throw in (at) the deep end and jump in (at) the deep end to describe starting a new and difficult activity when one is not fully prepared or ready to do it
  • After graduating, he was not afraid to jump in at the deep end and start his new business alone.
  • Teachers are thrown in the deep end when they first start teaching.

Word by Word Definitions

deep play
  1. : extending far from some surface or area: such as

  2. : extending far downward

  3. : extending well inward from an outer surface

  1. : to a great depth : deeply

  2. : far on : late

  3. : near the outer limits of the playing area

  1. : a vast or immeasurable extent : abyss

  2. : the extent of surrounding space or time

  3. : ocean

end play
  1. : the part of an area that lies at the boundary

  2. : a point that marks the extent of something

  3. : the point where something ceases to exist

  1. : to bring to an end

  2. : destroy

  3. : to make up the end of

  1. : final, ultimate

  1. : to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

  1. : within : inside — compare ect-, exo-

  2. : taking in


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