English Idiom – Get your feet wet.

Meaning – To begin or start doing something for the first time or to gain initial experience in a particular field. It usually implies a new or unfamiliar situation that one is trying to adapt to.

The expression get your feet wet comes from the literal act of stepping into the water for the first time, such as when one is learning how to swim or wading into a river. It involves taking a first step or taking a risk, which may be intimidating, but is often necessary to learn and grow.

Other Idioms Featuring Feet:


When could you use this idiom?

  • You are starting a new hobby.
  • A friend is nervous about learning to drive.
  • You want to encourage someone to try something new.


  • “Why are you nervous about learning to drive? Just get your feet wet and get behind the wheel. You’ll be driving that brand new bimmer before you know it!”

In The News:

Girls hoops teams get their feet wet


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An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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