Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(jump/dive) in at the deep end

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Meaning(s)
1) go into a challenging new situation without help or preparation
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional HighSocial
    • jump/dive in at the deep end and take on a risky challenge
  • Analysis

    If you 'jump in' or 'dive in at the deep end' it means to do something new or challenging with little preparation or no experience. When you 'dive in at the deep end' you find yourself emersed or involved in something without being adequately equipped to handle the situation. People often use this phrase to talk about their first day at work or in a new job being 'thrown in at the deep end' without much instruction or guidance.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My teacher always said that if you want to get ahead in life, you have to be willing to jump in at the deep end when a great opportunity presents itself rather than letting fear stop you.
    2. I had no idea how to bake a cake but I decided to jump in at the deep end with a birthday cake for my brother.
    3. I had only been training with the team for a month when the virus hit the team. The manager threw me in at the deep end and put me on the field, the rest is history.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. When my boss asked me if I would be willing to leave Dublin to set up our company's new office in Beijing, I agreed immediately. I knew I was jumping in at the deep end, but I like to challenge myself.
    2. We shouldn't dive in at the deep end and commit resources to create the product just because it is new and exciting. Instead, let's take the time to have an in-depth look at whether it is even feasible or necessary.
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