dip your toe into something






dip your toe into something

begin to do or test something cautiously

The image here is of putting your toe briefly into water in order to check the temperature.

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dip your pen in gall

write unpleasantly or spitefully.

Gall is another word for bile, the bitter secretion of the liver. It is used in many places in the Bible as a metaphor for bitterness or affliction.

by dint of

by means of

Dint in the sense of blow or stroke is now archaic and in the sense ofapplication of force survives only in this phrase.




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