ADJ. kitchen | blocked | earthenware, enamel, porcelain, stainless steel, stone
VERB + SINK fill She filled the sink with hot water. | block | clear, unblock
SINK + NOUN unit | plunger I bought a sink plunger to clear the blocked kitchen sink.
PREP. at the ~ She was at the sink, washing up the dinner things. | down the ~ Don't pour tea leaves down the kitchen sink?it'll get blocked. | in the ~ Put the dishes in the sink.
1 in water/mud, etc.
ADV. slowly | fast Fergus was in waist-deep and sinking fast. | deep | down She sank down into the soft soil.
VERB + SINK begin to, start to
PREP. below/beneath We watched the boat sink beneath the waves. | into Our feet sank deep into the soft sand as we walked. | (up) to He sank up to his knees in the mud.
PHRASES sink like a stone The box sank like a stone. | sink without trace It seemed as though the ship had sunk without trace.
2 fall/sit down
ADV. gratefully, happily I sank gratefully into the warm, dry bed. | gracefully | low | back, down
PREP. into He sank lower into his chair. | onto She sank gracefully down onto a cushion at his feet.
PHRASES sink to the floor/ground She sank to the ground, exhausted. | sink to your knees The old man had sunk to his knees.