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plunge down (something)

To fall or plummet down something at a high and 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 a high and 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 fall or plummet down to some lower level or degree at a high and 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 whole time we were on the rickety rope bridge, I couldn't help but think we were going to plunge to our death in the river far below.
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plunge (something) in(to) (something)

To push an object deeply into something. The workers set about plunging iron rods into the wet concrete. The villain laughed cruelly before plunging the knife into the victim'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 find relief from the heat. The detective plunged into the crowd of people in pursuit of the suspect.
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.
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take the plunge

1. To commit oneself to a course of action that is momentous or challenging. I'd been putting it off for years, but I finally took the plunge and enrolled in a college course. After spending 10 years as a junior partner, Karen is taking the plunge and starting her own law firm.
2. To commit to marriage. We'd been living together for three years and we already had a son together, so we decided it was time to take the plunge!
See also: plunge, take

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.
See also: plunge, take
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