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take the plunge

Meaning: If you take the plunge, you decide to do something you really want to do even though it's risky and possibly dangerous.

For example:

  • I'd always wanted to be a writer, so when I was thirty I took the plunge. I quit my nine-to-five job and worked full-time on my novel instead.

  • Bill decided to take the plunge and put all his money into the stock market - just before the market crashed. Now he wishes he'd left it in the bank.

Quick Quiz:

Monique has decided to take the plunge and
  1. keep her job for a while
  2. start up her own business
  3. put all her money in the bank

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