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ankle-deep

[ang-kuh l-deep] /ˈæŋ kəlˈdip/
adjective
1.
high enough to reach or cover the ankles:
ankle-deep mud.
2.
deeply involved or entangled:
He is ankle-deep in financial troubles.
adverb
3.
as high as the ankles:
Rain water ran ankle-deep.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65
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  • We walk cautiously and ankle-deep in sooth ing, steamy water.
  • The floors of this house are strewn with the detritus of lives let go, ankle-deep with abandoned possessions.
  • The floor is littered ankle-deep with half-sewn garments.
  • Pickerelweed can tolerate water levels from ankle-deep to six feet.
  • Area streams are ankle-deep and not suitable for fishing.
  • Immediately kids started screaming and vaulting over the handrails, landing in the ankle-deep mud.
  • Ice formed on spray-drenched fire equipment, and firemen worked for hours in ankle-deep slush.
  • High centers, washouts, and ankle-deep dust were the hallmarks of such roads.

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