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crash dive

1. noun A sudden descent, typically in an emergency situation. The phrase is usually applied to submarines and airplanes. Engine two is out, prepare for a crash dive!
2. verb To make such a descent. My brain could barely comprehend that the our lives were in danger before the plane started to crash dive.
See also: crash, dive

dive in with both feet

To begin or undertake something quickly, enthusiastically, and without trepidation. I know you're nervous about starting school, but you just need to dive in with both feet and do your best!
See also: both, dive, feet

dive into (something)

1. Literally, to jump or leap into something, often a pool. I was so hot after my run that I dove into the pool as soon as I got home.
2. To start a task enthusiastically, perhaps without much forethought. Because we just dove into fixing up our house, every room is under construction at the same time.
3. To begin eating something enthusiastically. Each kid dove into his slice of cake as soon as it was set before him.
See also: dive

dive off

Literally, to jump or leap off of something, often headfirst. After debating it for several summers, Anna finally dove off the high dive at the community pool today.
See also: dive, off

hawks and doves

Respectively, those who favor or support aggressive military action, especially regarding foreign policy, versus those who are inclined to more peaceful, diplomatic solutions. After the terrorist attacks, the hawks in Congress demanded a unilateral attack on the foreign nation, while the doves among them maintained that diplomatic sanctions would be effective for the time being.
See also: and, dove, hawk


A term of endearment, typically for a romantic partner. Gene is very excited to have a new little turtledove in his life. OK, turtledove, I'll see you at 8 o'clock.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dive in with both feet

 and jump in with both feet
Fig. to become completely involved with something quickly, especially something new. I had never done anything like this before, but I just jumped in with both feet and learned it in no time.
See also: both, dive, feet

dive off

((of) something ) to jump off something headfirst. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Rachel dived off of the rock into the river. She dived off the high diving board.
See also: dive, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


n. someone who supports a peace-seeking U.S. defense policy. (Compare this with hawk.) The doves want to sell the tanks and distribute the money to the poor.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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As regards the currency market, pricing of more dovish policies may result in a weaker RUB, especially as its performance since the start of the year failed to impress despite the high hopes.
'Goldman Sachs are not known as a dovish house on rates.
Shas, a party representing religious Jews of Middle Eastern descent, has taken a dovish position on ceding land for peace.
Metrobank's FirstMetroSec said the peso may range between 50.50 and 51.30 versus the greenback this week after BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno hinted of a more aggressive interest rate cuts particularly in the third quarter amid easing inflation and the dovish US central bank.
The local stock barometer surged past 8,150 to close at a 16-month high on Thursday as a dovish signal from US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell perked up regional markets.
The metal had fallen about 1 percent on Thursday following the release of minutes from the US Federal Reserve's last policy meeting, which painted a less dovish picture than expected.
While trade war jitters have rattled investor confidence the European Central Bank's (ECB) dovish stand has lent some support to risk appetite.
Global Banking News-March 16, 2016--Barclays official says Fed cannot afford to be too dovish
A combination of an increased frequency of disappointing economic data from the United States and the possibility of Greece's woes weighing on global sentiment make it highly probable that the Federal Reserve will be forced to reaffirm a dovish tone in the upcoming FOMC meeting, rather than the hawkish tone that the markets will be looking for.
The dovish ECB hints looked to have helped the RON set a new 2013 high as it traded 4.3090/EUR before closing yesterday's session at 4.3150/EUR.
His hawkish view is considered as positive, or bullish for the USD, whereas his dovish view is considered as negative or bearish for the Dollar.
The yen got a boost briefly from the rate hike but later fell against the dollar because the ''dovish'' BOJ statement that followed the rate hike, analysts said.
For example, in the 1990s, highly respected former Vice Chairman Alan Blinder found himself at policy odds with Chairman GreensPan after being perceived as taking a particularly dovish tone at the Fed's annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
With a 25 bp easing fully baked in the cake, the question is how dovish will the Fed's forward guidance be.