dip in

dip in(to) (something)

1. To dunk something into something else, such as a dipping sauce. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dip" and "in(to)." I can't eat French fries without dipping them in ketchup first.
2. To push something deeper into a substance, typically a liquid. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dip" and "in(to)." While I sat on the dock, I dipped my feet into the water.
3. To take from something in small amounts. This usage is often used to describe money. When my car broke down, I had to dip into my savings to pay for all of the repairs. If you kids keep dipping into the cookies, there'll be none left for the party!
4. To fall temporarily or quickly to a lower level or degree. Officials are warning residents that the temperature may dip into the teens tonight.
5. To pursue or investigate something casually. Because my area of expertise is modernism, I've only dipped into Victorian literature.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dip something in(to) something

 and dip something in
to put something into a substance in order to take some of it. Tom dipped some of the bread into the cheese sauce. Dip in the bread again and get some more cheese on it.
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dip in

 (to something)
1. . to reach into a liquid. I dipped into the dishwater, looking for the missing spoon. I dipped in and there it was.
2. to reach into a substance, usually to remove some of the substance. I dipped into the sour cream with a potato chip and brought out an enormous glob. He grabbed the jar of peanut butter and dipped in.
3. [for something] to sink or lower into a liquid. The oars dipped into the water and came out again. The lower branches sagged down to the water and dipped in.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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