dove

(redirected from dovishness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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

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

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

dove

(dəv)
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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Central Banks dovishness puts a floor to risky assets and a cap to the euro
These economic tea leaves, Merk argues, are swaying Bernanke toward dovishness, and he notes that Bernanke's most likely successor, Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen, is even more dovish.
This is not a prescription for isolationism, or even unalloyed dovishness.
Over the years, the presidential-election image makers and media "spinners" have successfully raised public hackles with the specter of all sorts of fearsome election outcomes, both real and imagined: the unpredictability of Barry Goldwater's hand on the nuclear button; the racism of George Wallace; the dovishness of George McGovern; a spineless Jimmy Carter under the thumb of the ayatollah; Michael Dukakis setting free rapists, or even disappearing under his tank-driver helmet; Ross Perot going bonkers in the Oval Office.
An example of dovishness in fully informed foreign policy preferences comes from another question from the 1988 NES: "Do you favor or oppose using American military forces in the Middle East to protect oil shipments?
The question is, are lawmakers resorting to new conceptions of hawkishness and dovishness, or are they using their arguments to mask a return to partisan struggles over military intervention?
Theirs is a frivolous kind of moderation; dovishness as chic.
But the Pentagon dovishness on Lebanon was finally outweighed by the hwkishness of the NSC, which, under Ronald Reagan, had taken on a crazy cowboy quality.
2014 should see more of the same as 2013: a speed-up in growth, a stronger G7 recovery and continued dovishness from the central banks.
Traders will scour the statement for any sign of greater dovishness among the rate-setting committee members that could be interpreted as raising the chances for the Fed to use additional policy tools to boost growth.