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hold out
{v. phr.} 1. To put forward; reach out; extend; offer. * /Mr. Ryan held out his hand in welcome./ * /The clerk held out a dress for Martha to try on./ * /The Company held out ...
hold out an olive branch
See: BURY THE HATCHET.
hold over
{v.} 1. To remain or keep in office past the end of the term. * /The city treasurer held over for six months when the new treasurer died suddenly./ * /The new President ...
hold still
{v. phr.} To remain motionless. * /"Hold still," the dentist said. "This won't hurt you at all."/
hold the bag
{v. phr.} To be made liable for or victimized. * /We went out to dinner together but when it was time to pay I was left holding the bag./
hold the fort
{v. phr.} 1. To defend a fort successfully; fight off attackers. * /The little group held the fort for days until help came./ 2. {informal} To keep a position against ...
hold the line
{v. phr.} To keep a situation or trouble from getting worse; hold steady; prevent a setback or loss. * /The mayor held the line on taxes./ * /The company held the ...
hold the stage
[v. phr.] 1. To continue to be produced and to attract audiences. * /"Peter Pan" holds the stage year after year at its annual Christmas showing in London./ 2. To be ...
hold to
See: HOLD ON TO.
hold true
or[hold good] {v. phr.} To remain true. * /It has always held true that man cannot live without laws./ * /Bob is a good boy and that holds true of Jim./
hold up
{v.} 1. To raise; lift. * /John held up his hand./ 2. To support; hear; carry. * /The chair was too weak to hold up Mrs. Smith./ 3. To show; call attention to; exhibit. ...
hold up one's end
See: HOLD ONE'S END UP.
hold water
{v. phr.} 1. To keep water without leaking. * /That pail still holds water./ 2. {informal} To prove true; stand testing; bear examination. - Usually used in ...
hold your hat
See: HANG ON TO YOUR HAT.
holdout
{n.} A rebel who refuses to go with the majority. * /Sam was a lone holdout in town; he refused to sell his old lakefront cottage to make place for a skyscraper./
holdover
{n.} 1. A successful movie or theater production that plays longer than originally planned. * /Because of its great popularity. Star Wars was a holdover in most ...
holdup
{n.} 1. Robbery. * /John fell victim to a highway holdup./ 2. A delay, as on a crowded highway. * /Boy we're late! What's causing this holdup?/
hole
See: ACE IN THE HOLE, BURN A HOLE IN ONE'S POCKET, IN A HOLE or IN A SPOT, IN THE HOLE, OUT OF THE HOLE, SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE.
holiday
See: HALF-HOLIDAY.
holier-than-thou
{adj.} Acting as if you are better than others in goodness, character, or reverence for God; acting as if morally better than other people. * /Most people find ...
holistic health
{n.}, {informal}, {semi-technical} The maintenance of health and the avoidance of disease through such psychogenic practices and procedures as biofeedback, ...
holler before one is hurt
See: CRY BEFORE ONE IS HURT.
hollow
See: BEAT ALL HOLLOW also BEAT HOLLOW.
hollow out
{v.} To cut or dig out or to cut or dig a hole in; make a cut or cave in; excavate. * /The soldier hollowed out a foxhole in the ground to lie in./ * /The Indians used ...
holy cats
or[holy cow] or[holy mackerel] or[holy Moses] {interj.}, {informal} - Used to express strong feeling (as astonishment, pleasure, or anger); used in speech or ...
holy terror
{n.}, {informal} A very disobedient or unruly child; brat. * /All the children are afraid of Johnny because he's a holy terror./
home
See: AT HOME, BRING HOME, BRING HOME THE BACON, CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST, CLOSE TO HOME, CONVALESCENT HOME or NURSING HOME or REST HOME, KEEP THE HOME FIRES ...
home brew
{n. phr.} A beer or other malt liquor made at home, not in a brewery. * /Home brew reached its greatest popularity in America during national prohibition./
home on
or[home in on] {v.} To move toward a certain place by following a signal or marker. * /The airplane homed in on the radio beacon./ * /The ship homed on the lights of New ...
home plate
{n.} The base in baseball where the batter stands and that a runner must touch to score. * /The runner slid across home plate ahead of the tag to score a run./
home run
{n.} A hit in baseball that allows the batter to run around all the bases and score a run. * /Frank hit a home run over the left field wall in the second inning./
honest broker
{n. phr.} A person hired or appointed to act as an agent in a legal, business, or political situation where impartial advice is needed in order to settle a dispute. * ...
honest to goodness
or[honest to God] {adj. phr.}, {informal} Really; truly; honestly. - Used to emphasize something said. * /When we were in Washington, we saw the President, honest to ...
honestly
See: COME BY HONESTLY.
honeymoon is over
The first happy period of friendship and cooperation between two persons or groups is over. * /A few months after a new President is elected, the honeymoon is over ...
honky-tonk
{n.} A cheap nightclub or dance hall. * /There were a number of honky-tonks near the army camp./
honor
See: DO THE HONORS, IN HONOR OF, ON ONE'S HONOR.
hook
See: BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, GET THE HOOK at GET THE BOUNCE(2), GIVE THE HOOK at GIVE THE BOUNCE(2), OFF THE HOOK.
hook up
{v. phr.} To connect or fit together. * /The company sent a man to hook up the telephone./ * /They could not use the gas stove because it had not been hooked up./
hook, line and sinker
{adv. phr.}, {informal} Without question or doubt; completely. * /Johnny was so easily fooled that he fell for Joe's story, hook, line and sinker./ * /Mary was such a ...
hooked on
{adj.} 1. Addicted to a substance such as cigarettes, coffee, tea, drugs, or alcohol. * /Fred is hooked on grass, but Tim is only hooked on tea./ 2. Enthusiastic or very ...
hookey
See: PLAY HOOKEY.
hookup
{n.} A connection, electrical or otherwise, between two instruments or two individuals. * /Edwin and Hermione are a perfect couple; they have got the right hookup./
hoop
See: JUMP THROUGH A HOOP.
hop
See: MAD AS A HORNET Or MAD AS HOPS.
hop to it
{v. phr.}, {slang} To get started; start a job; get going. * /"There's a lot to do today, so let's hop to it," the boss said./
hop, skip and a jump
See: STONE'S THROW.
hope
See: CROSS ONE'S HEART or CROSS ONE'S HEART AND HOPE TO DIE, IN HOPES.
hope against hope
{v. phr.} To try to hope when things look black; hold to hope in bad trouble. * /The mother continued to hope against hope although the plane was hours late./ * ...
hopped up
{adj.}, {slang} 1. Doped with a narcotic drug. * /Police found Jones hiding in an opium den, among other men all hopped up with the drug./ 2. Full of eagerness; excited. ...
horn
See: BLOW ONE'S OWN HORN or TOOT ONE'S OWN HORN, PULL IN ONE'S HORNS or DRAW IN ONE'S HORNS, TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS.
horn in
{v.}, {slang} To come in without invitation or welcome; interfere. Often used with "on". * /Jack would often horn in on conversations discussing things he knew nothing ...
hornet
See: MAD AS A HORNET or MAD AS HOPS or MAD AS A WET HEN, STIR UP A HORNET'S NEST.
horns of a dilemma
{n. phr.} Two choices possible in a situation in which neither is wanted. Usually used after "on". * /Joe found himself on the horns of a dilemma; if he went to work, ...
horror
See: THROW UP ONE'S HANDS IN HORROR.
horse
See: BET ON THE WRONG HORSE, CART BEFORE THE HORSE, CHANGE HORSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREAM or CHANGE HORSES IN MIDSTREAM, EAT LIKE A HORSE, HOLD ONE'S HORSES. IRON ...
horse around
{v.}, {slang} To join in rough teasing; play around. * /They were a hunch of sailors on shore leave, horsing around where there were girls and drinks./ * /John horsed around ...
horse of a different color
or[horse of another color] {n. phr.}, {informal} Something altogether separate and different. * /Anyone can be broke, but to steal is a horse of a different color./ * ...
horse opera
{n. phr.} A Western movie in which cowboys and horses play a major part. * /John Wayne played in many horse operas./
horse sense
{n.}, {informal} A good understanding about what to do in life; good judgment; wisdom in making decisions. * /Bill had never been to college, but he had plenty of ...
horse trade
{n.} 1. The sale of a horse or the exchange of two horses. * /It was a horse trade in which the owner of the worse animal gave a rifle to make the trade equal./ 2. ...
horsefeathers!
{n. phr.}, {slang} 1. Not true; I don't believe what you're saying. * /"Horsefeathers!" Brad cried. "I can't believe a word of what you said about Jessica."/ 2. Exclamation ...
horselaugh
{n. phr.} A loud, sarcastic, and derisive laugh. * /When the speaker praised politics as one of the oldest and noblest professions, his audience of college students ...
horseplay
{n.} Rough, practical joking. * /The newlyweds couldn't get a wink of sleep all night because there was a lot of yelling and screaming outside of their window - the usual ...
hot
See: BLOW HOT AND COLD, MAKE IT HOT.
hot and bothered
{adj.}, {informal} Excited and worried, displeased, or puzzled. - A hackneyed phrase. * /Fritz got all hot and bothered when he failed in the test./ * /Leona was ...
hot potato
{n.}, {informal} A question that causes strong argument and is difficult to settle. * /Many school boards found segregation a hot potato in the 1960s./
hot air
{n.}, {informal} Nonsense, exaggerated talk, wasted words characterized by emotion rather than intellectual content. * /That was just a lot of hot air what Joe said./
hot and heavy
{adv. phr.}, {informal} Strongly; vigorously; emphatically. * /Fred got it hot and heavy when his wife found out how much he had lost at cards./ * /The partners had a ...
hot dog
{n. phr.}, {informal} A frankfurter or wiener in a roll. * /The boys stopped on the way home for hot dogs and coffee./
hot dog roast
See: WIENER ROAST.
hot number
{n.}, {slang} A person or thing noticed as newer, better, or more popular than others. * /The boys and girls thought that song was a hot number./ * /The new car that ...
hot off the press
{adj. phr.} Just appeared in print. * /This is the latest edition of the Chicago Tribune; it's hot off the press./
hot one
{n.}, {slang}, {informal} Something out of the ordinary; something exceptional, such as a joke, a person whether in terms of looks or intelligence. * /Joe's joke sure was ...
hot rod
{n.}, {informal} An older automobile changed so that it can gain speed quickly and go very fast. * /Hot rods are used by young people especially in drag racing./
hot seat
{n.}, {slang} 1. The electric chair used to cause death by electrocution in legal executions. * /Many a man has controlled a murderous rage when he thought of the hot ...
hot stuff
{n.}, {slang}, {citizen's band radio jargon} Coffee. * /Let's stop and get some hot stuff./
hot under the collar
{adj. phr.}, {informal} Angry. * /Mary gets hot under the collar if you joke about women drivers./ * /Tom got hot under the collar when his teacher punished him./
hot water
{n.} {informal} Trouble. - Used with "in", "into", "out", "of". * /John's thoughtless remark about religion got John into a lot of hot water./ * /It was the kind of ...
hound
See: ROCK HOUND, RUN WITH THE HARE AND HUNT (RIDE) WFTH THE HOUNDS.
hour
See: AFTER HOURS, ALL HOURS, COFFEE HOUR, ON THE HOUR, ZERO HOUR.
house
See: BOARDING HOUSE REACH, BRING DOWN THE HOUSE, PUN HOUSE, HASH HOUSE, KEEP HOUSE, ON THE HOUSE, PARISH HOUSE, PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES, ...
house detective
{n.} A detective employed by a hotel, store, or other business to watch for any trouble. * /The one-armed man sweeping the bank floor was really the house detective./ ...
house of cards
{n. phr.} Something badly put together and easily knocked down; a poorly founded plan, hope, or action. * /John's business fell apart like a house of cards./
house of ill fame
or[of ill repute] {n. phr.} A bordello; a brothel. * /At the edge of town there is a house of ill repute run by a Madame who used to be a singer in a bar./
housebroken
{adj.} Trained to go outside to relieve themselves (said of domestic pets, primarily dogs). * /All young puppies must eventually be housebroken./
housetop
See: SHOUT FROM THE HOUSETOPS or SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS.
hover over
{v. phr.} 1. To remain close or above. * /The rescue helicopter was carefully hovering above the stranded rock climbers./ 2. To watch over; supervise. * /"Mother!" Phillip ...
how
See: AND HOW!
how about
or[what about] {interrog.} - Used to ask for a decision, action, opinion, or explanation. 1. Will you have or agree on? * /How about another piece of pie?/ * /What ...
how about that
or[what about that] {informal} An expression of surprise, congratulation, or praise. * /When Jack heard of his brother's promotion, he exclaimed, " How about that!"/ * ...
how come
{informal} also {nonstandard}[how's come] {interrog.} How does it happen that? Why? * /How come you are late?/ * /You're wearing your best clothes today. How come?/ ...
how do you do
{formal} How are you? - Usually as a reply to an introduction; it is in the form of a question but no answer is expected. * /"Mary, I want you to meet my friend Fred. ...
how goes it?
{v. phr.}, {interrog.} How are you and your affairs in general progressing? * /Jim asked Bill, "how goes it with the new wife and the new apartment?"/
how so
{interrog.} How is that so? Why is it so? How? Why? * /I said the party was a failure and she asked. "How so?"/ * /He said his brother was not a good dancer and I asked him, ...
how the land lies
See: LAY OF THE LAND.
how the wind blows
See: WAY THE WIND BLOWS.
how's come
See: HOW COME.
how's that
{informal} What did you say? Will you please repeat that? * /"I've just been up in a balloon for a day and a half." "How's that?"/ * /"The courthouse is on fire." "How's ...
howling success
{n.}, {informal} A great success; something that is much praised; something that causes wide enthusiasm. * /The party was a howling success./ * /The book was a howling ...
huddle
See: GO INTO A HUDDLE.
hue and cry
{n.} 1. An alarm and chase after a supposed wrongdoer; a pursuit usually by shouting men. * /"Stop, thief," cried John as he ran. Others joined him, and soon there was ...
hug the road
{v. phr.} To stay firmly on the road; ride smoothly without swinging. * /A heavy car with a low center of gravity will hug the road./ * /At high speeds a car will not hug the ...
huh-uh
or[hum-um] or[uh-uh] {adv.}, {informal} No. - Used only in speech or to record dialogue. * /Did Mary come? Huh-uh./ * /Is it raining out? Uh-uh./ Contrast: UH-UH.
humble
See: EAT HUMBLE PIE.
hump
See: OVER THE HUMP.
hundred
See: BY THE DOZEN or BY THE HUNDRED or BY THE THOUSAND.
hunky-dory
{adj.} OK; satisfactory; fine. * /The landlord asked about our new apartment and we told him that so far everything was hunky-dory./
hunt
See: RUN WITH THE HARE AND HUNT (RIDE) WITH THE HOUNDS.
hunt and peck
{n. phr.}, {informal} Picking out typewriter keys by sight, usually with one or two fingers; not memorizing the keys. * /Many newspaper reporters do their typing by hunt and ...
hunt down
{v.} 1. To pursue and capture; look hard for an animal or person until found and caught. * /The police hunted down the escaped prisoner./ Compare: TRACK DOWN. 2. To ...
hunt up
{v.} To find or locate by search. * /When John was in Chicago, he hunted up some old friends./ * /The first thing Fred had to do was to hunt up a hotel room./
hunting
See: HAPPY HUNTING GROUND.
hurry on with
or[make haste with] {v. phr.} To make rapid progress in an undertaking. * /Sue promised to hurry on with the report and send it out today./
hurry up
{v. phr.} To rush (an emphatic form of hurry). * /Hurry up or we'll miss our plane./
hurt
See: CRY BEFORE ONE IS HURT or HOLLER BEFORE ONE IS HURT.
hush up
{v.} 1. To keep news of (something) from getting out; prevent people from knowing about. * /It isn't always easy to hush up a scandal./ 2. {informal} To be or make quiet; ...
hush-hush
{adj.}, {informal} Kept secret or hidden; kept from public knowledge; hushed up; concealed. * /The company had a new automobile engine that it was developing, but ...
I declare
{interj.}, {dialect} Well; oh my; truly. - Used for emphasis. * /I declare, it has been a very warm day!/ * /Mother said, "I declare, John, you have grown a foot."/
I tell you
See: I'LL SAY.
I tell you what
See: I'LL TELL YOU WHAT.
I'll bet you my bottom dollar
{interj.}, {informal} An exaggerated assertion of assurance. * /I'll bet you my bottom dollar that the Cubs will win this year./
I'll say
or[I tell you] {interj.}, {informal} I agree with this completely. - Used for emphasis. * /Did the children all enjoy Aunt Sally's pecan pie? I'll say!/ * /I'll say this is a ...
I'll tell you what
or[tell you what] {informal} Here is an idea. * /The hamburger stand is closed, but I'll tell you what, let's go to my house and cook some hot dogs./
I'm telling you
{informal} It is important to listen to what I am saying. * /Marian is a smart girl but I'm telling you, she doesn't always do what she promises./
I.O.U.
{adj. phr.} I owe you, abbreviated; a promissory note. * /I had to borrow some money from John and, in order to remind both of us, I wrote him an I.O.U. note for $250./
ice
See: BLOOD RUNS COLD or BLOOD TURNS TO ICE, BREAK THE ICE, CUT ICE, ON ICE, SKATE ON THIN ICE.
iceberg
See: COOL AS AN ICEBERG.
idea
See: THE IDEA, WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA or WHAT'S THE IDEA.
idiot box
{n.} A television set. * /Phil has been staring at the idiot box all afternoon./
if
See: WHAT IF.
if anything
{adv. phr.} More likely; instead; rather. * /The weather forecast is not for cooler weather; if anything, it is expected to be warmer./ * /Joe isn't a bad boy. ...
if it's not one thing it's another
If a certain thing doesn't go wrong, another most probably will. * /When John lost his keys and his wallet, and his car wouldn't start, he exclaimed in despair, "If it's not ...
if need be
{adv. phr.} If the need arises. * /If need be, I can come early tomorrow and work overtime./
if only
I wish. * /If only it would stop raining!/ * /If only Mother could be here./ Syn.: WOULD THAT.
if the shoe fits, wear it
If what is said describes you, you are meant. - A proverb. * /I won't say who, but some children are always late. If the shoe fits, Wear it./
if worst comes to worst
If the worst thing happens that be imagined; if the worst possible thing happens; if troubles grow worse. * /If worst comes to worst and Mr. Jones loses the house, he will ...
if you can't lick them, join them
If you cannot defeat an opponent or get him to change his attitude, plans, or ways of doing things, the best thing to do is to change your ideas, plans, etc. * /"The ...
ill
See: IT'S AN ILL WIND THAT BLOWS NOBODY GOOD, TAKE ILL.
ill at ease
{adj. phr.} Not feeling at ease or comfortable; anxious; worried; unhappy. * /Donald had never been to a big party before and he was ill at ease./ * /When Joe ...
ill-favored
{adj.} Ugly; unprepossessing. * /Oddly enough, the father had less trouble in marrying off his ill-favored daughter than her prettier sister./
ill-gotten gains
{n. phr.} Goods or money obtained in an illegal or immoral fashion. * /The jailed criminal had plenty of time to think about his ill-gotten gains./
image
See: SPITTING IMAGE or SPIT AND IMAGE.
impose on
{v.} To try to get more from (a person who is helping you) than he or she intended to give. * /Don't you think you are imposing on your neighbor when you use his ...
improve on
or[improve upon] {v.} To make or get one that is better than (another). * /Dick made good marks the first year, but he thought he could improve on them./ * /Charles built ...
in
or[into orbit] {adj. phr.} Thrilled; exuberantly happy; in very high spirits. * /When Carol won the lottery she went right into orbit./
in a hole
or[in a spot] {adj. phr.}, {informal} In an embarrassing or difficult position; in some trouble. * /When the restaurant cook left at the beginning of the busy ...
in one's mind's eye
{adv. phr.} In the memory; in the imagination. * /In his mind's eye he saw again the house he had lived in when he was a child./ * /In his mind's eye, he could see ...
in progress
{adj. phr.} Going ahead; being made or done; happening. * /Plans are in progress to build a new school next year./ * /A dog ran out on the playing field while the ...
in the soup
{adj. phr.}, {slang} In serious trouble; in confusion; in disorder. * /When his wife overdrew their bank account without telling him, Mr. Phillips suddenly found ...
in --- up to the
See: UP TO THE --- IN.
in a bad frame of mind
{adv. phr.} In an unhappy mood. * /Make sure the boss is not in a bad frame of mind when you ask him for a raise./ Contrast: IN A GOOD FRAME OF MIND.
in a bad way
{adv. phr.}, {informal} In trouble or likely to have trouble. * /If you have only those two girls to help you, you are in a bad way./ * /Jerry has written only one sentence of ...
in a big way
{adv. phr.}, {informal} As fully as possible; with much ceremony. * /Our family celebrates birthdays in a big way./ * /John likes to entertain his dates in a big way./
in a bind
or[in a box] {adv. phr.}, {informal} Likely to have trouble whether you do one thing or another. * /Sam is in a bind because if he carries home his aunt's groceries, his ...
in a breeze
See: WIN IN A WALK or WIN IN A BREEZE.
in a circle
or[in circles] {adv. phr.} Without any progress; without getting anywhere; uselessly. * /The committee debated for two hours, just talking in circles./ * /If you don't have ...
in a family way
or[in the family way] {adj. phr.}, {informal} Going to have a baby. * /Sue and Liz are happy because their mother is in the family way./ * /The Ferguson children are ...
in a fix
{adv. phr.} In trouble. * /Last night Jack wrecked his car and now he is in a fix./ Compare: IN A JAM, IN A PICKLE.
in a flash
also[in a trice] {adv. phr.} Very suddenly. * /We were watching the bird eat the crumbs; then I sneezed, and he was gone in a flash./ * /Bob was looking over his notes for ...
in a flutter
{adv. phr.}, {informal} In a state of nervous excitement. * /Whenever Norm and Cathy are near one another, both are in a flutter; they must be in love./
in a fog
or[in a haze] {adv. phr.} Mentally confused; not sure what is happening. * /I didn't vote for Alice because she always seems to be in a fog./ * /I was so upset that for two ...
in a good frame of mind
{adv. phr.} In a happy mood. * /After a relaxing holiday in the Bahamas, the boss was in a very good frame of mind./ Contrast: IN A BAD FRAME OF MIND.
in a huff
{adv. phr.}, {informal} Angrily. * /Ellen went off in a huff because she didn't get elected class president./
in a jam
{adv. phr.}, {informal} In a predicament; in a situation fraught with difficulty. * /If you continue to disregard the university instructions on how to take a test, ...
in a jiffy
{adv. phr.}, {informal} Immediately; right away; in a moment. * /Wait for me; I'll be back in a jiffy./
in a kind of way
See: IN A WAY(1).
in a lather
{adj.}, {slang} In great excitement; all worked up; extremely agitated. * /I couldn't get across to Joe, he was all in a lather./
in a nutshell
{adv. phr.}, {informal} In a few words; briefly, without telling all about it. * /We are in a hurry, so I'll give you the story in a nutshell./ * /In a nutshell, the car ...
in a pickle
{adv. phr.}, {informal} In a quandary; in a difficult situation. * /I was certainly in a pickle when my front tire blew out./
in a pig's eye
{adv.}, {slang},[informal] Hardly; unlikely; not so. * /Would I marry him? In a pig's eye./
in a pinch
{adv. phr.}, {informal} In an emergency. * /Dave is a good friend who will always help out in a pinch./
in a row
See: GET ONE'S DUCKS IN A ROW.
in a sense
{adv. phr.} In some ways but not in all; somewhat. * /Mr. Smith said our school is the best in the state, and in a sense that is true./ * /In a sense, arithmetic is a ...
in a sort of way
See: IN A WAY(1).
in a spot
See: ON THE SPOT(2).
in a trice
See: IN A FLASH.
in a walk
See: WIN IN A WALK.
in a way
{adv. phr.} 1. also {informal}[in a kind of way] or {informal}[in a sort of way] To a certain extent; a little; somewhat. * /I like Jane in a way, but she is very ...
in a while
See: AFTER A WHILE, EVERY NOW AND THEN or EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.
in a whole skin
See: WITH A WHOLE SKIN.
in a word
See: IN BRIEF.
in a world of one's own
or[in a world by oneself] 1. In the place where you belong; in your own personal surroundings; apart from other people. * /They are in a little world of their own in ...
in a zone
{adv.}, {slang}, {informal} In a daze; in a daydream; in a state of being unable to concentrate. * /Professor Smith puts everyone in a zone./
in absentia
{adv. phr.}, {formal} When the person is absent. - Used in graduation exercises when presenting diplomas to an absent student or during a court case. * /On Commencement ...
in accordance with
{adv. phr.} In consonance with something; conforming to something. * /Employees at this firm are expected to always behave in accordance with the rules./
in addition
{adv. phr.} As something extra; besides. * /We saw a Mickey Mouse cartoon in addition to the cowboy movie./ * /Aunt Mary gave us sandwiches for our picnic and a bag of ...
in advance
or[in advance of] {adv. phr.} 1. In front; ahead (of the others); first. * /In the parade, the band will march in advance of the football team./ * /The soldiers rode out ...
in all
{adv. phr.} 1. All being counted; altogether. * /You have four apples and I have three bananas, making seven pieces of fruit in all./ * /In all we did very well./ 2. See: ...
in and out
{adv. phr.} 1. Coming in and going out often. * /He was very busy Saturday and was in and out all day./ 2. See: INSIDE OUT(2).
in another's place
See: PUT ONESELF IN ANOTHER'S PLACE.
in any case
also[in any event] or[at all events] {adv. phr.} 1. No matter what happens: surely; without fail; certainly; anyhow; anyway. * /It may rain tomorrow, but we are going ...
in any event
See: IN ANY CASE.
in arms
{adv. phr.} Having guns and being ready to fight; armed. * /When our country is at war, we have many men in arms./ Syn.: UP IN ARMS!

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