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plunge

 (plŭnj)
v. plunged, plung·ing, plung·es
v.intr.
1.
a. To dive, jump, or throw oneself: We plunged into the lake.
b. To fall rapidly: The car went off the road and plunged into the gully.
2. To devote oneself to or undertake an activity earnestly or wholeheartedly: I plunged into my studies. She plunged ahead with her plan.
3. To enter or move headlong through something: The hunting dogs plunged into the forest.
4. To slope steeply downward: a cliff that plunges to the sea.
5. To move forward and downward violently: The ship plunged through rough seas.
6. To become suddenly lower; decrease dramatically: Stock prices plunged during the banking crisis.
v.tr.
1. To thrust or throw forcefully into a substance or place: plunged the eggs into the hot water; plunged the fork into the potato.
2. To cast suddenly, violently, or deeply into a given state or situation: "The street was plunged in cool shadow" (Richard Wright).
3. To use a plunger to try to unblock (a drain, for example).
n.
1. The act or an instance of plunging: a plunge off the dock.
2. A swim; a dip.
3. A sudden or dramatic decline: a plunge in prices.
Idiom:
take the plunge Informal
To begin an unfamiliar venture, especially after hesitating: After a three-year engagement, they're finally taking the plunge.

[Middle English plungen, from Old French plongier, from Vulgar Latin *plumbicāre, to heave a sounding lead, from Latin plumbum, lead.]

plunging

(ˈplʌndʒɪŋ)
adj
(of a neckline or dress) showing a lot of a woman's chest
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plunging

adjective
Cut to reveal the wearer's neck, chest, and back:
Translations

plunging

[ˈplʌndʒɪŋ] ADJ plunging necklineescote m muy bajo

plunging

[ˈplʌndʒɪŋ] adj [neckline] → plongeant(e)

plunging

adj
neckline, backtief ausgeschnitten; her deeply plunging necklineder tiefe Ausschnitt ihres Kleides
(= decreasing) cost, currency, pricesstark fallend

plunging

[ˈplʌndʒɪŋ] adj (neckline) → profondo/a; (back of dress) → profondamente scollato/a
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Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
Moving briskly forward, and plunging and tossing through a succession of deep snow-drifts, they at length reached a valley known among trappers as the "Grand Rond," which they found entirely free from snow.
Presently a great hole was torn in the hull of one of the immense battle craft from the Zodangan camp; with a lurch she turned completely over, the little figures of her crew plunging, turning and twisting toward the ground a thousand feet below; then with sickening velocity she tore after them, almost completely burying herself in the soft loam of the ancient sea bottom.
A trooper, braver than his fellows, leaped among the kicking, plunging, fear-maddened beasts in a futile attempt to quiet them.
This first day was made more difficult for me from the fact that the Ghost, under close reefs (terms such as these I did not learn till later), was plunging through what Mr.
And then at length the glorious mad descent down three plunging cataracts of rocky road, the exciting rattling of the harness, the grinding of the strong brakes, the driver's soothing calls to his horses, and the long burnished horn trailing wild music behind us, like invisible banners of aerial brass,--oh, it stirred the dullest blood amongst us thus as it were to tear down the sky towards the white roofs of Yellowsands, glittering here and there among the clouds of trees which filled the little valley almost to the sea's edge, while floating up to us came soft strains of music, silken and caressing, as though the sea itself sang us a welcome.
At once they both flew to her head; but she was a match for them, and went on plunging, rearing, and kicking in a most desperate manner.
It would catch his feet and try to trip him; it would build itself into a wall before him to beat him back; and he would fling himself into it, plunging like a wounded buffalo, puffing and snorting in rage.
Now Tom, about this business of leasing to the English Government the right to manufac- ture that new explosive of yours," began Ned, plunging into the business at hand.
Erskine was on the other side; and he then supported it by saying, that though the gentleman had originally harpooned the lady, and had once had her fast, and only by reason of the great stress of her plunging viciousness, had as last abandoned her; yet abandon her he did, so that she became a loose-fish; and therefore when a subsequent gentleman re-harpooned her, the lady then became that subsequent gentleman's property, along with whatever harpoon might have been found sticking in her.
One day we were followed by the boats of a whaler, who, no doubt, took us for some enormous whale of great price; but Captain Nemo did not wish the worthy fellows to lose their time and trouble, so ended the chase by plunging under the water.
The railway track wound in and out among the passes, now approaching the mountain-sides, now suspended over precipices, avoiding abrupt angles by bold curves, plunging into narrow defiles, which seemed to have no outlet.