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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theydip into
he/she/itdips into
present participledipping into
past tensedipped into
past participledipped into
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  1. 2
    dip into something to take some money from an amount that you have saved, especially when you should not
    You’d better stop dipping into your savings.
  2. 3
    dip (something) into something to put your hand into a container in order to get something
    Dipping his hand into his pocket, he produced the letter I’d sent him.
  3. 4
    dip into your pocket to use your own money to pay for something, especially when it is not your responsibility to pay for it
    Parents are being asked to dip into their pockets for everything the school needs.
  4. 5
    dip a/your toe into something to try something new in a very careful way because you are not confident about it
    If you’re not sure rock-climbing is for you, this is a chance to dip your toe in.
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