get one's feet wet

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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 lessonsI've barely gotten my feet wet. This expression alludes to the timid swimmer slowly getting into the water. [Late 1500s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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