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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 10 years as a junior partner, Karen is taking the plunge and starting her own law firm.
2. To commit to marriage. 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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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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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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References in classic literature ?
Having taken the plunge, I went further and further into dissipation, going out for a long walk every morning and listening to the band in the pavilion every evening.
When the rest are in, you see one or two shiverin' on the bank, envyin' the others that have taken the plunge.
All she demanded from New York for the present was that it should pay her a living wage, and to that end, having studied by stealth typewriting and shorthand, she had taken the plunge, thrilling with excitement and the romance of things; and New York had looked at her, raised its eyebrows, and looked away again.
He made me his ideal, compounding me, I fear, chiefly out of his own love and worship and there were times when I stood close to the steep pitch of hell, and would have taken the plunge had not the thought of Otoo restrained me.
Tod Schneider missed last year after gall bladder surgery but has taken the plunge about 10 times.
A YOUNG woman has taken the plunge and undergone a very close shave to raise money in memory of a close friend who died last year.
DWIGHT YORKE insists he would not have taken the plunge like Carlos Tevez and left Manchester United for cash-rich Manchester City.
Engineers who are considering becoming their own boss will be able to hear from those who have successfully taken the plunge and become consultants at a seminar to be held in Bristol on Saturday 7 November.
A HUDDERSFIELD lawyer has taken the plunge for charity.
Have you taken the plunge and booked your summer holiday?
It was the second time this year Hilary had taken the plunge from the bridge.
The 39-year-old, who has been assistant to Paul Howling for about three years, has taken the plunge on his own and rented part of Charnwood Stables on the Hamilton Road, where he has six horses.
Local PR man Mitch Poole has recently taken the plunge and set up on his own as the appropriately named Poole PR.
Organised by the Welsh business enterprise agency, Menter a Busnes, Francois, and others like him who have taken the plunge in the business world, will be on hand to give advice and explain the highs, lows, pitfalls and ways to proceed on the road to success.
Three local drainage engineers have taken the plunge into the murky realms of the entrepreneur by setting up their own drain solutions firm.