ankle-deep


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ankle-deep

adj
1. tall or deep enough to cover the ankles
2. standing in water, mud, etc that is tall or deep enough to cover the ankles
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ankle-deep - coming only to the ankle or kneeankle-deep - coming only to the ankle or knee  
shallow - lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center; "shallow water"; "a shallow dish"; "a shallow cut"; "a shallow closet"; "established a shallow beachhead"; "hit the ball to shallow left field"
Translations

ankle-deep

[ˈæŋklˈdiːp] ADV to be ankle-deep in waterestar metido hasta los tobillos en el agua
the water is only ankle-deepel agua llega a los tobillos nada más
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The artillery and baggage wagons moved noiselessly through the deep dust that rose to the very hubs of the wheels, and the infantry sank ankle-deep in that soft, choking, hot dust that never cooled even at night.
The mimic royalty on the stage, with their soaked satins clinging to their bodies, slopped about ankle-deep in water, warbling their sweetest and best, the fiddlers under the eaves of the state sawed away for dear life, with the cold overflow spouting down the backs of their necks, and the dry and happy King sat in his lofty box and wore his gloves to ribbons applauding.
The ground was covered, nearly ankle-deep, with filth and mire; a thick steam, perpetually rising from the reeking bodies of the cattle, and mingling with the fog, which seemd to rest upon the chimney-tops, hung heavily above.
Now and again a peaty amber colored stream rippled across their way, with ferny over-grown banks, where the blue kingfisher flitted busily from side to side, or the gray and pensive heron, swollen with trout and dignity, stood ankle-deep among the sedges.
He walked up and down, unconscious that he was plunging ankle-deep in snow, unconscious of everything but trembling suspense about what was going on in the cottage, and the effect of each alternative on his future lot.
I passed through the fence; there within were the ashes of the burnt huts--they lay ankle-deep.
It has not been so dirty the whole winter; it is ankle-deep everywhere.
To this abode there is an approach, ankle-deep in stone chips, resembling a petrified grove of tombstones, urns, draperies, and broken columns, in all stages of sculpture.
In many places the ground was absolutely covered with them, and as we walked ankle-deep on that wonderful yielding carpet, the scent was almost intoxicating in its sweetness and intensity.
Even the triumphant issue of his labors could not save him from reaction after so terrible an exertion, and at a time when Europe was ringing with his name and when his room was literally ankle-deep with congratulatory telegrams I found him a prey to the blackest depression.
People's gardens were completely waterlogged with ankle-deep floods.
Jesus Crispin Remulla said ankle-deep flood hit parts of Cavite City on Thursday.