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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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Max, who took the plunge wearing a festive Santa hat, said: "Me and Alex have done the swim six times and we have told Robert all about it and this year he came along.
In 1954, he took the plunge and bought a 1952 Jaguar XK120M.
Lynn took the plunge and asked Kevin out when they began chatting at the Greens Health & Fitness centre in Gosforth Park Way, Gosforth, Newcastle.
Kelly Longhurst, from Aberaman near Aberdare, took the plunge as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raised nearly pounds 300 for The Cancer Research Campaign.
The fearless German, dressed in a Ferrari-red bodysuit, took the plunge with an instructor 10,000 feet above the Arizona desert.
Lifeguards at Nuneaton's Pingles Pool took the plunge this week for a marathon charity swimathon.
Scots-born Ashley, 37, has been dating actor boyfriend Terence Beesley for over seven years and the couple took the plunge on Monday.
The former Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls pupil is now in her third year studying for a degree in modern languages at the University of Manchester Rachel raised more than pounds 1,000 before she took the plunge at Hinton Airfield, in Oxfordshire
I decided to look at entrepreneurial enterprises, found the sign business and took the plunge,'' he said.
The 25-year-old was at her buxom best when she took the plunge for FHM magazine.
The 47-year-old mother of two, who is promoting her new movie Broken Flowers, wowed viewers as she took the plunge in a sexy dress.
Using his savings, he took the plunge and bought Disney as his first stock.
Rod Stewart took the plunge off a yacht in St Tropez yesterday, where he has been sunning himself with over-sexed girlfriend Penny Lancaster and his daughter Kimberley.
Wills took the plunge by stripping off and turning out for his college water polo team at the local baths.
Later, when a company executive he admired left to revive a grocery chain in the East Coast, Burroughs took the plunge and bought stock in the chain earlier this year.