I’m going to dig into this with both feet

While researching home prices in Florida, my friend said this to his wife.  This is a nice congruent conflation of “dig in” and “jump (dive) in with both feet”, both meaning to work on something enthusiastically.  The speaker may have been thinking about feet as “dig in (one’s) heels” might have been on his mind as well.  With jumping and diving in the mix, he may also have been considering a pool with that Florida house.  A big thanks to Lou Pugliese for uttering and sharing this one!


I’m afraid that he’s jumping into the frying pan with both feet

This gem was reported in the Washington Post.   A disillusioned Trump voter in Iowa was talking about Trump:

“He’s got a lot of controversial stuff going on and rather than thinking it through, I’m afraid that he’s jumping into the frying pan with both feet.”   This is a mashup of “out of the frying pan and into the fire” (from a bad situation to a worse situation) and “jump in with both feet” (to become involved quickly and completely).  “Jumping to conclusions” (to decide something without having all the facts) was also on the speaker’s mind, I think.  It is an excellent mixed idiom, as the two combined mean to get into a bad situation quickly, which is what the speaker I believe was thinking.  And the mental image of one jumping into a hot frying pan with both feet certainly would create a bad situation!  Kudos to Linda Bernstein and Barry Eigen for spotting this one and sending it in!