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plunge down (something)

To run, fall, or plummet down something at great, often uncontrollable speed. The bus skidded on the ice and plunged down the side of the ravine. The rollercoaster plunged down the near-vertical drop, making everyone on board scream with delighted terror.
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plunge from (something)

To fall or plummet down from something at great, often uncontrollable speed. The man somehow gained access to the roof and plunged from the top of the skyscraper.
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plunge to (something)

To run, fall, or plummet down to some lower level or degree at great, often uncontrollable speed. The bus skidded on the ice and plunged to bottom of the ravine. The stock market plunged to its lowest level in over 50 years.
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plunge to (one's) death

To fall from such a great height that one dies upon impact. The stunt double's safety harness wasn't properly secured, and she ended up plunging to her death when she leapt from the building.
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plunge (something) in(to) (someone or something)

To force the full length of something into a person or something else. The workers set about plunging iron rods into the wet concrete. He laughed cruelly before plunging the knife into the woman's back.
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plunge into (something)

1. Literally, to dive into or immerse oneself in a mass of something, typically a body of water. He plunged into the river to try and save his little brother. The detective plunged into the crowd of people in pursuit of the criminal.
2. By extension, to immerse oneself in or become consumed by some activity. The new team plunged into the project, hoping to salvage the work that had already been done. The detective plunged into the crowd of people in pursuit of the criminal.
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take the plunge

1. To commit oneself to a course of action that is momentous or challenging. I'd been putting it off for years, but I finally took the plunge and enrolled in a college course. After spending ten years as a legal aide, Karen is taking the plunge and starting her own law firm.
2. To commit to marrying someone. We'd been living together for three years and we already had a son together, so we decided it was time to take the plunge!
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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

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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take the plunge

COMMON If you take the plunge, you decide to do something that you have been thinking of doing for some time, even though it is difficult, risky, or unpleasant. Helen decided to take the plunge and turned professional in 1991. Finally, Mona took the plunge. `I have something to tell you,' she said.
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take the plunge

commit yourself to a course of action about which you are nervous. informal
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take the ˈplunge

(informal) decide to do something new, difficult or risky, especially after thinking about it for some time: After working for twenty years he’s decided to take the plunge and go back to college. OPPOSITE: get/have cold feet
A plunge is an act of jumping or diving into water.
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plunge in

v.
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

v.
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

Informal
To begin an unfamiliar venture, especially after hesitating: After a three-year engagement, they're finally taking the plunge.
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Kirimari Ward representative Morris Muchiri who is in charge of most of Embu Town lamented that many people have perished on the bridge after vehicles plunged inside owing to lack of the guard rail.
All the 13 BSE sectoral indices, realty sector plunged 4.
Everonn Education, controlled by the same promoters, plunged 13.
Shares in Legal and General lost about a fifth of their value last week, while Standard Life stock plunged nearly 10% and Prudential 14%.
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Ezz Steel, Egypt's biggest steel producer, plunged 23.
Eighteen participants who each raised at least $1,000 plunged into the water once an hour for 24 hours, relaxing in a heated tent between icy middle-of-the-night dips.
Bloomberg News, reporting on October 23, noted: "Prices have plunged 25 percent from the record of $78.
Although still at relatively high levels historically, CEO confidence plunged in October by 13.
Just like the first half of 2004, the market raged into late spring of 2005, prices surged, more records were broken and inventory plunged," said Kirk Henckels, executive vice president and director of Stribling Private Brokerage, and author of Stribling & Associates Private Mid-Year Brokerage Luxury Residential Market Report 2005.
If one utters a sound, speaks a word, signs one's name, then one has plunged into--is shown to have always already been plunging--the differance of language.
Dozens of brave souls donned their swimming costumes and plunged into the icy waters on Coney Beach in Porthcawl.
Checking out some equities, Pulte Homes (NYSE:PHM) said last night that its third-quarter income plunged 52 percent to $190.
QUETTA -- As many as 20 districts of Balochistan including its capital plunged into darkness after tripping of Guddu Thermal Power Plant that left the grid bereft of 1300 Megawatts of electricity, media reports said.
Summary: Mumbai: Manappuram Finance plunged for a second day after the Indian lender that .