ankle-deep

[ang-kuhl-deep]
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:
1755–65

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ankle-deep

adjective
coming only to the ankle or knee 
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Example sentences
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.
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