dip (one's) toe into (something)

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dip (one's) toe into (something)

To tentatively begin or get involved in a new experience. Likened to gently placing one's toe into water to test its temperature. I studied graphic design in college, but I've been dipping my toe into writing fiction lately. I've always wanted to travel the world, but I've never left the US. I'll dip my toe into it this summer, though, with a short trip to Toronto.
See also: dip, toe

dip one's toes into

Also, get one's toes into or wet . Begin to do something novel or unfamiliar, as in I have been dipping my toes into Asian cooking, or She's eager to go to Europe and has been getting her toes wet by getting travel information. [Late 1900s] Also see get one's feet wet.
See also: dip, toe

dip your toe into something

begin to do or test something cautiously.
The image here is of putting your toe briefly into water in order to check the temperature.
See also: dip, something, toe
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He worked for three years before deciding to dip his toe into self-employment, borrowing a friend's tools, equipment and yard to work in.
HAVING hit the jackpot with Tim Cahill last summer, David Moyes could be ready to dip his toe into the Championship again this summer for further additions to his Goodison ranks.
David Haig, as ideas man Philip, is momentarily swept along by the drive to make billions as he dreams of being allowed to dip his toe into the executive Jacuzzi.