dip in and out


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Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

‘I’ve got technical experts in financial reporting, tax and treasury,’says Scott Longhurst, group finance director of Anglian Water.’I trust those people and I give them the autonomy to do what they need to do. Then I just dip in and out to keep on top of what’s happening.

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How can I interpret “dip in and out” here?
  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    He doesn't keep a close watch on every decision they make and every detail of their work; he just checks in with them occasionally to make sure everything is going well.


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It could be an analogy to a short swim in their figurative "pool". A short swim is called a dip. He spends a short time learning the essentials and then goes back to his more regular duties.