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    check the depth

    I wonder if there is any spesific verb in English defining the action one performs to check the depth of water by trying to touch the seabed with their feet.If not,what would you say to describe this action?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: check the depth

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I wonder if there is any spesific verb in English defining the action one performs to check the depth of water by trying to touch the seabed with their feet.If not,what would you say to describe this action?

    Thanks in advance.
    to my opinion what you'r lokking for is 'to measure the depth'


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    Re: check the depth

    If a person is swimming, and someone on shore asks, "Can you touch the bottom?", he means: can the person stand on the bottom and still have his mouth above the waterline. Other than that 'rough' guide, a person would have to swim a few feet underwater, and if he can see the bottom, estimate how deep it is e.g. looks about 10 foot deep (using his own body height and his vertical position in the water as a kind of reference: if you dive down and sesne your feet as being just out of the water, and you are 6' tall, then you might estimate that the bottom is another four foot away)

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    Re: check the depth

    In the US, one is likely to hear the phrase "touch bottom." (- similar to the UK phrase that David L. explains, without "the").

    Thus, with a rephrasing your sentence becomes:

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    ... to check the depth of water by trying to touch the seabed with their feet to touch bottom.

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    Re: check the depth

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    In the US, one is likely to hear the phrase "touch bottom.".

    Not here in Georgia (and I am pretty sure the entire South). Most here would definitely say "touch the bottom". I cannot ever recall hearing "touch bottom" around these parts.

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    Re: check the depth

    Quote Originally Posted by tweeks View Post
    Not here in Georgia (and I am pretty sure the entire South). Most here would definitely say "touch the bottom". I cannot ever recall hearing "touch bottom" around these parts.
    Hi tweeks,

    Perhaps you should come up north for a visit. -Just be forewarned, the water's much colder.

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    Re: check the depth

    I would say touch bottom. But then I am not originally from the South.


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    -Hi all,

    A Google search on: " "touch bottom" idiom " returns quite a few references to its American usage. Two of the most interesting links culled from the extensive list returned are:

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    I must not follow regular American English........

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    Re: check the depth

    Hi tweeks,

    As I was saying, perhaps you should come visit "up north" sometime soon.

    - only not too soon. It's still winter here (more snow today), and judging from the winter it's been, it seems as if spring's gonna take its sweet time gettin' here.
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