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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

to decide to do something Those women who took the plunge and ran for the state legislature enjoyed great success.
Usage notes: usually said about doing something that involves some risk
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take the plunge

to do something important or difficult that you have been thinking about doing for a long time I've decided to take the plunge and start up my own business.
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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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plunge in

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

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

To begin an unfamiliar venture, especially after hesitating: After a three-year engagement, they're finally taking the plunge.
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I tried again, plunging into the blackness of my mind.
Meanwhile, Asian markets were mixed on Friday, with Japan's Nikkei plunging nearly 3 percent as yen's strength against the US dollar weighed on exporter shares.
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Whether you personally plunge, sponsor someone who is plunging or become a corporate sponsor, you'll be doing it for a good cause; you'll be helping thousands of kids in nonprofit programs across the state," said Karin Koch, Director, of the Massachusetts Foundation for Children.
When we arrived, a group of nurses and medical technicians from a local hospital were enjoying a dip in the pool at the bottom of the falls, which fans out in an impressive spray after plunging through a narrow rock chute.
Blast a crack in Earth's crust, pour in a few thousand tons of rock-busting molten iron, and then toss in a grapefruit-size instrument designed to ride the plunging elevator of liquid metal to the planet's core.
Open 10-foot-wide channel sections send the five-passenger rafts downriver banking through the tree tops - reaching a peak elevation of 70 feet - before plunging into total darkness in a nine-foot-diameter tunnel that winds through an "S" curve.
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The vehicle went off the road, then struck a guardrail and telephone pole before plunging into the waterway.
The tool makes a series of plunging motions to remove material.
at the VFW and participants will begin plunging into the lake at 1 p.
RSM plans to also carry out drill extension testing of the north plunging portion of the deposit along the Reliance fault zone that adjoins the caldera margin within the Zanzibar limestone.