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Difference between Dip one’s toes in the water and Get one’s feet wet

dip one’s toes in the water —(of an activity) proceed gently with much caution:

  • Companies will dip their toes in the water by hiring temporary employees until they are certain their markets have recovered.

get one’s feet wet—gain one’s first experience of smth.; do smth. for the first time:

  • Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet. Your first efforts may not be perfect, but you’ve got to start somewhere.