jump in (at) the deep end

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jump in (at) the deep end

To begin doing something very complex and/or unfamiliar, especially suddenly and without guidance, assistance, or preparation. A: "But I've never worked in sales before!" B: "You'll be fine, just jump in the deep end and try your best!" I'm a little nervous about starting my graduate degree program, but I'm determined to jump in at the deep end and give it a go. Those who go the furthest in life are the ones willing to jump in at the deep end when a great opportunity arises.
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jump (or be thrown) in at the deep end

face a difficult problem or undertaking with little experience of it. informal
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jump in/be thrown in at the ˈdeep end

(informal) try to do something difficult without help when you are not prepared or know very little about it: On the first day of her new teaching job, she was thrown in at the deep end and was told to teach the most badly-behaved class.I didn’t know anything about business when I started. I just had to jump in at the deep end.
This phrase refers to the deep end of a swimming pool, where it is too deep to stand.
See also: deep, end, jump, thrown
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The Wimbledon semi-finalist said: "It is the first tournament of the season - and the strongest one we have so it is a great place to jump into the deep end of things.
I just wanted to jump into the deep end and figure out the strokes," said Shome.
Last year at the Miss Burlesque Ireland competition, I decided to jump into the deep end.
The company decided at the end of last year to jump into the deep end and not hold back on making changes to the “appearance” of the company brand.
In her review of our book, Teaching as a Moral Practice: Defining, Developing, and Assessing Professional Dispositions in Teacher Education, Barbara Stengel (2012) suggests that teacher education jump into the deep end to reach an ill-defined goal.
No use trying to jump into the deep end in this race," he said.
based SAGE Publications announced late last year that it had decided to jump into the deep end of the OA ocean as it released SAGE Open this spring, it was viewed as an ambitious plan to create a megajournal that will publish "peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format.
If you want to get out of the PC culture, you can't dip your toe in the water; you have to jump into the deep end of the pool.
Personally, I think, if he has the chance to have a pro ticket, he has to take it and jump into the deep end.
We have the venues, we have the talent, we just need someone to organise it all, so we decided to jump into the deep end try and get some vibe back into Bangor.
He believes he's ready to jump into the deep end after working out on his own in Florida for the past seven months, but is uncertain if he'll play tomorrow in the preseason finale against the Giants.
But just as you wouldn't jump into the deep end without first learning to swim, we truly believe that we need to familiarise ourselves with the inevitable relegation battle that would result from our promotion BEFORE it happens.
I had to climb up to the diving board and jump into the deep end of the pool.
I just had to jump into the deep end and try to fit straight back in which is never easy after an injury.