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plunge down (something)

To run, fall, or plummet down something at great, often uncontrollable speed. The bus skidded on the ice and plunged down the side of the ravine. The rollercoaster plunged down the near-vertical drop, making everyone on board scream with delighted terror.
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plunge from (something)

To fall or plummet down from something at great, often uncontrollable speed. The man somehow gained access to the roof and plunged from the top of the skyscraper.
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plunge to (something)

To run, fall, or plummet down to some lower level or degree at great, often uncontrollable speed. The bus skidded on the ice and plunged to bottom of the ravine. The stock market plunged to its lowest level in over 50 years.
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plunge to (one's) death

To fall from such a great height that one dies upon impact. The stunt double's safety harness wasn't properly secured, and she ended up plunging to her death when she leapt from the building.
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plunge (something) in(to) (someone or something)

To force the full length of something into a person or something else. The workers set about plunging iron rods into the wet concrete. He laughed cruelly before plunging the knife into the woman's back.
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plunge into (something)

1. Literally, to dive into or immerse oneself in a mass of something, typically a body of water. He plunged into the river to try and save his little brother. The detective plunged into the crowd of people in pursuit of the criminal.
2. By extension, to immerse oneself in or become consumed by some activity. The new team plunged into the project, hoping to salvage the work that had already been done. The detective plunged into the crowd of people in pursuit of the criminal.
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plunge down something

to run or fall down something. The car plunged down the hill and ran into a tree at the bottom. The bicyclist plunged down the side of the hill at a great speed.
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plunge from something

to fall or flee from something or some place. The eagle plunged from the sky to the lake to capture its prey. Lily plunged from the room in embarrassment.
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plunge in(to something)

to dive or rush into something; to immerse oneself in something. Ned took off his shoes and plunged into the river, hoping to rescue Frank. He plunged into his work and lost track of time.
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plunge something into someone or something

 and plunge something in
to drive or stab something into someone or something. The murderer plunged the knife into his victim. She plunged in the dagger.
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plunge to something

 
1. to fall or drop down to something. The temperature plunged to zero last night. The burning car plunged to the floor of the canyon.
2. to dive or fall to one's death. She walked straight to the edge of the cliff and plunged to her death. The burro slipped and plunged to an untimely end.
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take the plunge

to marry someone. I'm not ready to take the plunge yet. Sam and Mary took the plunge.
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take the plunge

Venture something, commit oneself, as in You've been living together for a year, so when are you going to take the plunge and get married? It is also put as make the plunge, plunge alluding to diving in a body of water. [Mid-1800s]
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take the plunge

COMMON If you take the plunge, you decide to do something that you have been thinking of doing for some time, even though it is difficult, risky, or unpleasant. Helen decided to take the plunge and turned professional in 1991. Finally, Mona took the plunge. `I have something to tell you,' she said.
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take the plunge

commit yourself to a course of action about which you are nervous. informal
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take the ˈplunge

(informal) decide to do something new, difficult or risky, especially after thinking about it for some time: After working for twenty years he’s decided to take the plunge and go back to college. OPPOSITE: get/have cold feet
A plunge is an act of jumping or diving into water.
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plunge in

v.
1. To submerge something quickly into something else: The cook plunged the hot eggs in the cold water to stop them from cooking.
2. To jump or throw oneself into something: I walked up to the swimming pool and plunged in.
3. To fall into something: The child slipped and plunged in the well.
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plunge into

v.
1. To fall or dive into some place or thing: I jumped off the diving board and plunged into the warm water.
2. To thrust or throw something forcefully into some place or thing: I plunged the shovel into the soil.
3. To enter earnestly or wholeheartedly into some activity or situation: After the vacation, I plunged into my studies with renewed energy.
4. To send someone or something into some condition or situation: My gambling losses plunged me into debt.
5. To fall into some state or condition: After my divorce, I plunged into a deep depression.
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take the plunge

tv. to marry someone. I’m not ready to take the plunge yet.
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take the plunge

Informal
To begin an unfamiliar venture, especially after hesitating: After a three-year engagement, they're finally taking the plunge.
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References in classic literature ?
In the turmoil of his wits, a thousand hints and hopes and threats and terrors dinning continuously in his ears, he was like one plunged in the hubbub of a crowd.
Here he fastened the rope securely to a stout branch, and then, descending, plunged his hunting knife into Kulonga's heart.
That evening, between issuing one order that the forged Russian paper money prepared for use in Russia should be delivered as quickly as possible and another that a Saxon should be shot, on whom a letter containing information about the orders to the French army had been found, Napoleon also gave instructions that the Polish colonel who had needlessly plunged into the river should be enrolled in the Legion d'honneur of which Napoleon was himself the head.
A few arrows sped after him, but he plunged into a thicket and was gone.
Hair-Face had now joined us, and the four of us plunged on, we knew not whither, deeper and deeper into the swamp.
The breeze blew, the sail bellied, over heeled the portly vessel, and away she plunged through the smooth blue rollers, amid the clang of the minstrels on her poop and the shouting of the black crowd who fringed the yellow beach.
The weight upon my spirit was sensibly lightened as I plunged yet deeper in the ravine of Arve.
Sowerberry plunged into the kitchen, and assisted to hold him with one hand, while she scratched his face with the other.
Checking out some equities, Pulte Homes (NYSE:PHM) said last night that its third-quarter income plunged 52 percent to $190.
Summary: Mumbai: Manappuram Finance plunged for a second day after the Indian lender that .
House flipping in California last year declined to its lowest level since 2003 as speculators retreated from a market in which sales plunged and prices flattened, a market tracker said Thursday.
In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average plunged 205.
The FTSE 100 plunged by as 232 points, before closing down just 80.
7, the small, instrument-laden emissary from Earth plunged through the Jovian cloud tops.
Retail prices have plunged by about 50cts gal over the same time frame, but that 50cts gal decline is about half the scope of the wholesale plunge.