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sink below (something)

1. Literally, to go beneath the surface of water or some other liquid. The storm punched a hole in the hull of the vessel, causing it to sink below the waves. You might expect such a heavy object to sink below the surface of any liquid, but because it is less dense than mercury, it actually floats on top of it.
2. To move or appear to move beneath or behind some object or boundary. We sat watching the sun sink below the horizon. The child sank below the table to avoid having to talk to the people his parents had invited for dinner.
3. To reach or go to a level or degree beneath some point or threshold. Temperatures are expected to sink below freezing tonight, so beware of icy roads in the morning. We can't let the power output sink below 500 kilowatts.
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sink below something

to descend below a certain level. The boat sank below the surface of the water and was gone. The temperature sank below the freezing mark again today.
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References in classic literature ?
Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like shadows -- only hard and with luminous edges -- and you will then have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen.
The rainy season, which commences in October, continues, with little intermission, until April; and though the winters are generally mild, the mercury seldom sinking below the freezing point, yet the tempests of wind and rain are terrible.
"Sir," said the voice, "you must rub these leaves upon the soles of all your feet, and then you will be able to walk upon the water without sinking below the surface.
Sinking below the bird and mast, a drowned corpse glanced through the green water; a fair arm was the only limb clearly visible, whence the bracelet had been washed or torn.
Shares of SurveyMonkey's ((https://finance.yahoo.com/quote) SVMK ) dropped 7.12 percent, sinking below its (https://www.reuters.com/article/surveymonkey-ipo/surveymonkeys-ipo-priced-at-12-share-idUSL4N1WA4F3) IPO price of $12 for the first time.
THE Government's target of having three million apprenticeship starts by 2020 is "sinking below the horizon" after new figures showed another fall, according to company directors.
Steep falls in oil prices are compounding the worldwide stock market sell-off, with the cost of benchmark Brent crude collapsing to fresh 11-year lows, sinking below 33 US dollars a barrel during yesterday.
Lot 2c includes - The construction of a storm drain in the rue de Neudorf in Luxembourg by underground sinking below the street from Kiem- Diameter of jacking pipes DN 1800- Number of pits sinking and recovery to build: 2- Total length of sinking 749 m in 2 sections- Attachment of the wastewater collection DN 400 HDPE in jacking pipes of 1 460 m,- Construction of eight cleanouts on the conduct of wastewater- Construction of manholes in the pits,- Connection of piping Tawioun, the rue de Neudorf and Rue du Kiem,- Deviations and recoveries of existing networks in the pits straight and clean-out to achieve.
They can argue all they want over damn statistics but the queues at the food banks, the 400,000 more kids sinking below the poverty line and the million teenagers looking for a job tell their own story.
Tokyo stocks fell about 2 percent Wednesday morning with the Nikkei briefly sinking below the 13,000 line on a firmer yen and a sense of disappointment after the Bank of Japan held off from taking new steps to alleviate volatility in the bond market.
Early on I learned that sinking below a critical altitude is one of the most difficult errors for me to correct.
The number of people killed in traffic accidents in Japan in the first six months of 2012 came to 1,934, down 178 from the same period a year earlier, with the number sinking below 2,000 for the first half of a year for the first time in 62 years, the National Police Agency said in a report Thursday.
Along a wall, just above the water line, he has painted "I don't believe in global warming", with the words sinking below the surface.
Crude hit the lowest level for nearly two years, sinking below EUR50 dollars a barrel at one point as slowdown fears lingered.
Crude oil futures in New York continued to drop Thursday with the key contract sinking below $130 per barrel for the first time since June 5 due to expectations of slack demand amid the decelerating economy.