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get one's feet wet

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get one's feet wet

verb phrase

To initiate oneself or be initiated into something; have a first and testing experience of something: Try one or two, just to get your feet wet

[1960s+; fr the image of a person who goes into the water very carefully rather than plunging in]


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get one's feet wet

Embark on a new venture, start into new territory. For example, I've only had a few cello lessons—I've barely gotten my feet wet. This expression alludes to the timid swimmer slowly getting into the water. [ Late 1500s ]
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