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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 of ankle-deep
1755-1765
1755-65
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  • He had slipped heavily, as he paddled through the ankle-deep mud, and had hurt his back.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • Stepping heedlessly into the ankle-deep muck, Solange walked forward.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Even William Bentley, the toolmaker, romped and raced in the ankle-deep dust like a boy.

    Claim Number One George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • Another morning came, and there they sat, ankle-deep in cards.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • At the right-hand side of the house was a good-sized farm-yard, kept more than ankle-deep in gorse and bracken litter.

    Jose: Our Little Portuguese Cousin Edith A. (Edith Augusta) Sawyer
  • Oil was on everybody's tongue and ankle-deep in some of the streets.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • It was, however, ankle-deep of mud—a circumstance by no means likely to prolong the existence of my glazed boots.

  • She had slept soundly, the day was clear, the air crisp, the snow was not ankle-deep.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • The man looked as if he wished he could sink out of sight in the ankle-deep water.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • By nightfall of this day the room was ankle-deep in pearls and diamonds.

    Toto's Merry Winter Laura E. Richards

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