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in arrears
{adv. phr.} Late or behind in payment of money or in finishing something. - Usually used of a legal debt or formal obligation. * /Poor Mr. Brown! He is in arrears on ...
in at the kill
{adj. phr.}, {informal} Watching or taking part, usually with pleasure, at the end of a struggle; present at the finish. * /Frank and John have been quarreling for a ...
in awe of
See: STAND IN AWE OF.
in back of
See: BACK OF.
in bad
{adv. phr.}, {substandard} Out of favor; unpopular; in difficulty; in trouble. * /No, I can't go swimming today. Father told me to stay home, and I don't want to get in ...
in bad form
{adv. phr.} Violating social custom or accepted behavior. * /When Bob went to the opera in blue jeans and without a tie, his father-in-law told him that it was in bad ...
in behalf of
or[on behalf of] {prep.}, {formal} 1. In place of; as a representative of; for. * /John accepted the championship award on behalf of the team./ 2. As a help to; for the ...
in black and white
See: BLACK AND WHITE.
in brief
or[in short] or[in a word] {adv. phr.} Briefly; to give the meaning of what has been said or written in a word or in a few words; in summary. * /The children could play ...
in cahoots with
See: IN LEAGUE WITH.
in case
{adv. phr.}, {informal} 1. In order to be prepared; as a precaution; if there is need. - Usually used in the phrase "just in case". * /The bus is usually on time, but start ...
in case of
also[in the event of] {prep.} In order to meet the possibility of; lest there is; if there is; if there should be. * /Take your umbrellas in case of rain./ * /The ...
in character
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In agreement with a person's character or personality; in the way that a person usually behaves or is supposed to behave; as usual; ...
in charge
{adv.} or {adj. phr.}, 1. In authority or control; in a position to care for or supervise; responsible. * /If you have any questions, ask the boss. He's in charge./ ...
in charge of
{prep.} 1. Responsible for; having supervision or care of. * /Marian is in charge of selling tickets./ * /The girl in charge of refreshments forgot to order the ice ...
in check
{adv. phr.} In a position where movement or action is not allowed or stopped; under control; kept quiet or back. * /The boy was too small to keep the big dog in check, ...
in circles
See: IN A CIRCLE.
in circulation
or[into circulation] {adj. phr.}, {informal} Going around and doing things as usual; joining what others are doing, * /John broke his leg and was out of school for ...
in clover
or[in the clover] {adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} In rich comfort; rich or successful; having a pleasant or easy life. * /They live in clover because their father is ...
in cold blood
{adv. phr.} Without feeling or pity; in a purposely cruel way; coolly and deliberately. * /The bank robbers planned to shoot in cold blood anyone who got in their way./ ...
in command
{adv. phr.} In control of; in charge. * /Helen is in command of the situation./
in commission
or[into commission] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. On duty or ready to be put on duty by a naval or military service; in active service. * /The old battleship has been ...
in common
{adv. phr.} Shared together or equally; in use or ownership by all. * /Mr. and Mrs. Smith own the store in common./ * /The four boys grew up together and have a lot ...
in condition
See: IN SHAPE.
in consequence
{adv. phr.} As a result; therefore; so. * /Jennie got up late, and in consequence she missed the bus./ * /You studied hard, and in consequence you passed the test./
in consequence of
{prep.}, {formal} As a result of. * /In consequence of the deep snow, school will not open today./ * /In consequence of his promise to pay for the broken ...
in consideration of
{adv. phr.} 1. After thinking about and weighing; because of. * /iN consideration of the boy's young age, the judge did not put him in jail for carrying a gun./ 2. In ...
in days
or[weeks] or[years to come] {adv. phr.} In the future. * /In the years to come I will be thinking of my father's advice about life./
in deep
{adj. phr.} Seriously mixed up in something, especially trouble. * /George began borrowing small sums of money to bet on horses, and before he knew it he was in deep./ ...
in deep water
See: DEEP WATER.
in defiance of
{prep.} Acting against; in disobedience to. * /The girl chewed gum in defiance of the teacher's rule./ * /Bob stayed up late in defiance of the coach's orders./
in demand
{adj. phr.} Needed; wanted. * /Men to shovel snow were in demand after the snow storm./ * /The book about dogs was much in demand in the library./
in dispute
{adj. phr.} Disagreed about; being argued. * /The penalty ordered by the referee was in dispute by one of the teams./ * /Everyone in the clans wanted to say something ...
in doubt
{adv. phr.} In the dark; having some question or uncertainty. * /When in doubt about any of the words you're using, consult a good dictionary./
in due course
or[in due season] or[in due time] See: IN GOOD TIME(2).
in due season
or[in due time] See: IN GOOD TIME.
in Dutch
{adj. phr.}, {slang} In trouble. * /George got in Dutch with his father when he broke a window./ * /John was in Dutch with his mother because he tore his new jacket./
in earnest
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} Seriously; in a determined way. * /The beaver was building his dam in earnest./ * /Bill did his homework in earnest./ - Often used like a ...
in effect
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. The same in meaning or result. * /The teacher gave the same assignment, in effect, that she gave yesterday./ * /Helping your mother with the ...
in effigy
See: HANG IN EFFIGY or BURN IN EFFIGY.
in error
{adv. phr.} Wrong; mistaken. * /You were in error when you assumed that he would wait for us./
in evidence
{adj. phr.} Easily seen; noticeable. * /The little boy's measles were very much in evidence./ * /The tulips were blooming; spring was in evidence./
in fact
also[in point of fact] {adv. phr.} Really truthfully. - Often used for emphasis. * /No one believed it but, in fact, Mary did get an A on her book report./ * /It was a very ...
in favor of
{prep.} On the side of; in agreement with, * /Everyone in the class voted in favor of the party./ * /Most girls are in favor of wearing lipstick./ Compare: IN BACK ...
in fear and trembling
See: FEAR AND TREMBLING.
in fear of
{adj. phr.} Fearful of; afraid of. * /They live so close to the border that they are constantly in fear of an enemy attack./
in for
{prep.}, {informal} Unable to avoid; sure to get. * /The naughty puppy was in for a spanking./ * /On Christmas morning we are in for some surprises./ * /We saw Father ...
in force
{adj. phr.} 1. To be obeyed. * /New times for eating meals are now in force./ Syn.: IN EFFECT. 2. In a large group. * /People went to see the parade in force./ ...
in front of
prep. Ahead of; before. * /The rabbit was running in front of the dog./ * /A big oak tree stood in front of the building./ Contrast: IN BACK OF(1).
in full swing
{adj. phr.} Actively going on; in full action. * /The Valentine party was in full swing./ * /All of the children were planting seeds; the gardening project was in full ...
in fun
See: FOR FUN.
in general(1)
{adv. phr.} Usually; very often. * /In general, mother makes good cookies./ * /The weather in Florida is warm in general./ Compare: ON THE WHOLE(2).
in general(2)
{adj. phr.} Most; with few exceptions. * /Women in general like to shop for new clothes./ * /Boys in general like active sports more than girls do./ Contrast: IN ...
in glass houses
See: PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES.
in good
{adj. phr.}, {informal} Well liked; accepted. - Used with "with". * /The boy washed the blackboards so that he would get in good with Iris teacher./ * /Although Tom was younger, ...
in good faith
See: GOOD FAITH.
in good form
Contrast: IN BAD FORM.
in good season
See: IN GOOD TIME.
in good stead
See: STAND IN GOOD STEAD.
in good time
or[in good season] {adv. phr.} 1. A little early; sooner than necessary. * /The school bus arrived in good time./ * /The students finished their school work in good time./ * ...
in great measure
{adv. phr.} To a great extent; largely. * /The Japanese attack on Hawaii was in great measure a contributing factor to President Roosevelt's decision to enter World War II./ ...
in half
{adv. phr.} 1. Into two equal parts. * /The ticket taker at the football game tore the tickets in half./ * /Mother cut the apple in half so each child could have an ...
in hand
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Under control. * /The principal was happy to find that the new teacher had her class in hand./ * /The baby-sitter kept the children well in hand./ * ...
in honor of
{prep.} As an honor to; for showing respect or thanks to. * /We celebrate Mother's Day in honor of our mothers./ * /The city dedicated a monument in honor of the general./
in hopes
{adj. phr.} Hopeful; hoping. * /The Mayor was in hopes of having a good day for the parade./ * /Mother was in hopes that the cake would be good to eat./
in horror
See: THROW UP ONE'S HANDS IN HORROR.
in hot water
See: HOT WATER.
in itself
See: END IN ITSELF.
in keeping
{adj. phr.} Going well together; agreeing; similar. * /Mary's hair style was in keeping with the latest fashion./ * /Having an assembly on Friday morning was in keeping ...
in kind
{adv. phr.} In a similar way; with the same kind of thing. * /My neighbor pays me in kind for walking her dog./ * /Low returned Mary's insult in kind./
in knots
See: TIE IN KNOTS.
in league with
or {informal}[in cahoots with] {prep.} In secret agreement or partnership with (someone); working together secretly with, especially for harm. * /People once believed ...
in left field
See: OUT IN LEFT FIELD.
in lieu of
See: INSTEAD OF.
in light of
also[in the light of] {adj. phr.} 1. As a result of new information; by means of new ideas. * /The teacher changed John's grade in the light of the extra work in the ...
in line with
{prep.} In agreement with. * /Behavior at school parties must be in line with school rules./ * /In line with the custom of the school, the students had a holiday between ...
in line(1)
{adv. phr.} In or into a straight line. * /The boys stood in line to buy their tickets./ * /Tom set the chairs in line along the wall./ * /The carpenter put the ...
in line(2)
{adj. phr.} 1. In a position in a series or after someone else. * /John is in line for the presidency of the club next year./ * /Mary is fourth in line to be admitted ...
in love
{adj. phr.} Liking very much; loving. * /John is in love with Helen./ * /Tom and Ellen arc in love./ * /Mary is in love with her new wristwatch./
in luck
{adj. phr.} Being lucky; having good luck; finding something good by chance. * /Bill was in luck when he found the money on the street./ * /Mary dropped her glasses ...
in memory of
{prep.} As something that makes people remember (a person or thing); as a reminder of; as a memorial to. * /The building was named Ford Hall in memory of a man named James ...
in midair
See: UP IN THE AIR(2).
in mind
{adv. phr.} 1. In the center of your thought; in your close attention. * /You have to be home by 11 o'clock. Keep that in mind, Bob./ * /Mary is studying hard with a ...
in mint condition
{adj. phr.} Excellent; as good as new. * /Grandma seldom uses her car; it is already ten years old, but it is still in mint condition./
in my book
See: BY MY BOOK.
in name
{adj.} or {adv. phr.} Having a title, but not really doing what someone with the title is expected to do. * /The old man is a doctor in name only. He does not have ...
in need of
{adj. phr.} Destitute; lacking something. * /The young girl is so ill that she is seriously in need of medical attention./
in no time
or[in nothing flat] {adv. phr.}, {informal} In a very little time; soon; quickly. * /When the entire class worked together they finished the project in no time./ * /The bus ...
in no uncertain terms
See: IN SO MANY WORDS(2).
in nothing flat
See: IN NO TIME.
in on
{prep.} 1. Joining together for. * /The children collected money from their classmates and went in on a present for their teacher./ 2. Told about; having knowledge of. ...
in one fell swoop
or[at one fell swoop] {adv. phr.} 1. {literary} In one attack or accident; in one bad blow. * /The millionaire lost his money and his friends at one fell ...
in one ear and out the other
See: GO IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER.
in one's blood
or[into one's blood] {adv. phr.} Agreeing perfectly with one's sympathies, feelings, and desires. * /Living in a warm section of the country gets in your blood./ * /The ...
in one's bad graces
{adj. phr.} Not approved by; not liked by. * /John was in his mother's bad graces because he spilled his milk on the tablecloth./ * /Don got in the bad graces of the ...
in one's behalf
or[on one's behalf] {adv. phr.}, {informal} 1. For someone else; in your place. * /My husband could not be here tonight, but I want to thank you on his behalf./ 2. For ...
in one's bones
See: FEEL IN ONE'S BONES.
in one's boots
See: DIE IN ONE'S BOOTS or DIE WITH ONE'S BOOTS ON, IN ONE'S SHOES also IN ONE'S BOOTS.
in one's craw
or[in one's crop] See: STICK IN ONE'S CRAW or STICK IN ONE'S CROP.
in one's cups
{adj. phr.}, {literary} Drunk. * /The man was in his cups and talking very loudly./
in one's element
{adv. phr.} 1. In one's natural surroundings. * /The deep-sea fish is in his element in deep ocean water./ 2. Where you can do your best. * /John is in his element ...
in one's face
{adv. phr.} 1. Against your face. * /The trick cigar blew up in the clown's face./ * /A cold wind was in our faces as we walked to school./ 2. In front of you. * /The ...
in one's favor
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} In a way that is good for you. * /Both teams claimed the point, but the referee decided in our favor./ * /Bob made good grades in high school, and ...
in one's footsteps
See: FOLLOW IN ONE'S FOOTSTEPS.
in one's glory
{adj. phr.} Pleased and contented with yourself. * /When John won the race, he was in his glory./ * /Tom is very vain, and praise puts him in his glory./
in one's good graces
or[in one's good books] {adv. phr.} Approved of by you; liked by someone. * /Ruth is in her mother's good graces because she ate all her supper./ * /Bill is back in the ...
in one's good books
See: IN ONE'S GOOD GRACES.
in one's grave
See: TURN IN ONE'S GRAVE or TURN OVER IN ONE'S GRAVE.
in one's hair
{adj. phr.}, {informal} Bothering you again and again; always annoying. * /Johnny got in Father's hair when he was trying to read the paper by running and shouting./ * ...
in one's hands
See: TAKE ONE'S LIFE IN ONE'S HANDS.
in one's heart of hearts
{adv. phr.} Deep down where it really matters; in one's innermost feelings. * /In my heart of hearts, I think you're the nicest person in the whole world./
in one's mouth
See: BUTTER WOULDN'T MELT IN ONE'S MOUTH, MELT IN ONE'S MOUTH.
in one's own juice
See: STEW IN ONE'S OWN JUICE.
in one's right mind
{adj. phr.} Accountable; sane and sober. * /If you were in your right mind, you wouldn't be saying such stupid things to our boss./
in one's shell
or[into one's shell] {adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} In or into bashfulness; into silence; not sociable; unfriendly. * /After Mary's mother scolded her, she ...
in one's shoes
also[in one's boots] {adv. phr.} In or into one's place or position. * /How would you like to be in a lion tamer's boots?/ Compare: PUT ONESELF IN ANOTHER'S PLACE, ...
in one's sleeve
See: UP ONE'S SLEEVE.
in one's tracks
{adv. phr.}, {informal} 1. Just where one is at the moment; abruptly; immediately. * /The hunter's rifle cracked and the rabbit dropped in his tracks./ * /Mary stopped dead ...
in one's way
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Within reach; likely to be met; before you. * /The chance to work for a printer was put in my way./ Compare: PUT IN THE WAY OF. 2. or[in the way] ...
in order
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In arrangement; in the proper way of following one another. * /Come to my desk in alphabetical order as I call your names./ * /Line up and walk to the ...
in order that
See: SO THAT(1).
in order to
or[so as to] {conj.} For the purpose of; to. - Used with an infinitive. * /In order to follow the buffalo, the Indians often had to move their camps./ * /We picked apples ...
in part
{adv. phr.} To some extent; partly; not wholly. - Often used with " large" or " small". * /We planted the garden in pan with flowers. But in large part we planted ...
in particular
{adv. phr.} In a way apart from others; more than others; particularly; especially. * /The speaker talked about sports in general and about football In particular./ * ...
in passing
{adv. phr.} While talking about that subject; as extra information; also. * /Our teacher showed us different kinds of flowers and told us in passing that those flowers came ...
in person
also[in the flesh] {adv. phr.} Yourself; personally. * /A TV actor appeared in person today in school./ * /The governor cannot march in the parade in person today, but his ...
in place of
See: INSTEAD OF.
in place(1)
{adv. phr.} 1a. In the right or usual place or position. * /Nothing is in place after the earthquake. Even trees and houses are turned over./ * /The picture is not in ...
in place(2)
{adj. phr.} In the right place or at the right time; suitable; timely. * /A dog is not in place in a church./ * /Linda wondered if it would be in place to wish the bride ...
in plain English
{adv. phr.} Plainly; simply; in clear language. * /Stop healing around the bush and saying that John "prevaricates"; in plain English he is a liar./
in poor shape
{adv. phr.} In a bad condition. * /Most of the streets of Chicago are in poor shape due to the heavy snow and frost during the winters./
in practice(1)
also[into practice] {adv. phr.} In actual doing. * /The idea sounds good but will it work in practice?/ * /It is easy to say that we will he good. It is harder to put ...
in practice(2)
{adj. phr.} In proper condition to do something well through practice. * /A pianist gets his fingers in practice by playing scales./ * /An ice-skater keeps in practice ...
in print
{adj. phr.} Obtainable in printed form from a printer or publisher; printed. * /The author has finished writing his book but it is not yet in print./ * /The story of the ...
in private
{adj.} or {adv. phr.} Not openly or in public; apart from others; confidentially; secretly. * /Mr. Jones waited until they were home in private before he punished his son./ ...
in public
{adv. phr.} 1. In a place open to the people; in such a way that the public may see, hear, or know; not secretly; openly. * /Two boys down the street are dancing in ...
in quest of
See: IN SEARCH OF.
in question
{adj. phr.} 1. In doubt; in dispute; being argued about or examined. * /I know Bill would he a good captain for the team. That is not in question. But does he ...
in reason
{adv. phr.}, {formal} Following the rules of reasoning; sensibly; reasonably. * /One cannot in reason doubt that freedom is better than slavery./
in reference to
or[with reference to] or[in regard to ] or [with regard to] {prep.} In connection with; from the standpoint of; concerning; regarding; about. * /I am writing with ...
in regard to
See: IN REFERENCE TO.
in relation to
or[with relation to] {prep.} In connection with; in dealing with; as concerns; in comparison to; respecting; about. * /Father spoke about school in relation to finding a job ...
in respect to
or[with respect to] In connection with; related to, about; on. * /The teacher told stories about Washington and Lincoln in respect to the importance of being honest./ * ...
in return
{adv. phr.} In order to give back something; as payment; in recognition or exchange. - Often used with "for". * /Bud gave me his knife and I gave him marbles in ...
in reverse
{adj.} or {adv. phr.} In a backward direction; backward. * /John hit the tree behind him when he put the car in reverse without looking first./ * /The first of ...
in round figures
{adv. phr.} As an estimated number; as a rounded-off figure containing no decimals or fractions. * /Skip the cents and just tell me in round figures how much this car ...
in round numbers
See: IN ROUND FIGURES.
in search of
or {literary}[in quest of] {prep.} Seeking or looking for; in pursuit of. * /Many men went West in search of gold./ * /The hunter stayed in the woods all day in quest ...
in season
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. {literary} At the proper or best time. * /Fred's father told him that he was not old enough yet but that he would learn to drive in season./ ...
in secret
{adv. phr.} In a private or secret way; in a hidden place. * /The miser buried his gold in secret and no one knows where it is./ * /The robbers went away in secret ...
in shape
or[in condition] {adj. phr.} In good condition; able to perform well. * /The football team will he in shape for the first game of the season./ * /Mary was putting her French ...
in short
See: IN BRIEF.
in short order
{adv. phr.} Without delay; quickly. * /Johnny got ready in short order after his father said that he could come to the ball game if he was ready in time./
in short supply
{adj. phr.} Not enough; in too small a quantity or amount; in less than the amount or number needed. * /The cookies are in short supply, so don't eat them all up./ * ...
in so many words
{adv. phr.} 1. In those exact words. * /He hinted that he thought we were foolish but did not say so in so many words./ 2. or[in no uncertain terms] In an outspoken ...
in someone else's shoes
See: IN ONE'S SHOES.
in spite of
{prep. phr.} Against the influence or effect of; in opposition to; defying the effect of; despite. * /In spite of the bad storm John delivered his papers on time./ * /In ...
in state
See: LIE IN STATE.
in step
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. With the left or right foot stepping at the same time as another's or to the beat of music; in matching strides with another person or ...
in stitches
{adj. phr.}, {informal} Laughing so hard that the sides ache; in a fit of laughing hard. * /The comedian was so funny that he had everyone who was watching him in ...
in stock
{adj. phr.} Having something ready to sell dr use; in present possession or supply; to be sold. * /The store had no more red shoes in stock, so Mary chose brown ones ...
in store
{adj.} or {adv. phr.} 1. Saved up in case of need; ready for use or for some purpose. * /If the electricity goes off, we have candles in store in the closet./ * /The ...
in stride
See: TAKE IN STRIDE.
in substance
{adv. phr.} In important facts; in the main or basic parts; basically; really. * /In substance the weather report said that it will be a nice day tomorrow./ * /The two cars ...
in terms of
{prep.} 1. In the matter of; on the subject of; especially about; about. * /He spoke about books in terms of their publication./ * /What have you done in terms affixing ...
in that
{conj.} For the reason that; because. * /I like the city, but I like the country better in that I have more friends in the country./
in the --- place
{adv. phr.} As the (first or second or third, etc.) thing in order or importance; first, second, or third, etc. - Used with "first", " second", "third", and other ...
in the air
{adv. phr.} 1. In everyone's thoughts. * /Christmas was in the air for weeks before./ * /The war filled people's thoughts every day; it was in the air./ Compare: IN THE WIND. ...
in the back
See: STAB IN THE BACK.
in the bag
{adj. phr.}, {informal} Sure to be won or gotten; certain. * /Jones had the election in the bag after the shameful news about his opponent came out./ * /We thought we ...
in the balance
See: HANG IN THE BALANCE.
in the bargain
or[into the bargain] {adv. phr.} In addition; besides; also. * /Frank is a teacher, and an artist into the bargain./ * /The heat failed, and then the roof began to leak ...
in the black
{adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} In a successful or profitable way; so as to make money. * /The big store was running in the black./ * /A business must stay in the ...
in the blood
See: RUN IN THE BLOOD or RUN IN THE FAMILY.
in the bud
See: NIP IN THE BUD.
in the can
{adj.}, {slang}, {movie jargon} Ready; finished; completed; about to be duplicated and distributed to exhibitors. * /No sneak previews until it's all in the can!/ * /Once ...
in the cards
also[on the cards] {adj. phr.}, {informal} To be expected; likely to happen; foreseeable; predictable. * /It was in the cards for the son to succeed his father as head of the ...
in the charge of
See: IN CHARGE OF(2).
in the chips
{slang} or {informal}[in the money] {adj. phr.} Having plenty of money; prosperous; rich. * /After his rich uncle died, Richard was in the chips./ * /After years ...
in the circumstances
See: UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
in the clear
{adj. phr.} 1. Free of anything that makes moving or seeing difficult; with nothing to limit action. * /The plane climbed above the clouds and was flying in the clear./ * ...
in the clouds
{adj. phr.} Far from real life; in dreams; in fancy; in thought. * /When Alice agreed to marry Jim, Jim went home in the clouds./ - Often used with "head", " mind", ...
in the clover
See: IN CLOVER.
in the cold
See: OUT IN THE COLD.
in the cold light of day
{adv. phr.} After sleeping on it; after giving it more thought; using common sense and looking at the matter unemotionally and realistically. * /Lost night my ideas ...
in the dark
{adj. phr.} 1. In ignorance; without information. * /John was in the dark about the job he was being sent to./ * /If the government controls the news, it can keep people in ...
in the doghouse
{adj. phr.}, {slang} In disgrace or disfavor. * /Our neighbor got in the doghouse with his wife by coming home drunk./ * /Jerry is in the doghouse because he dropped the ball, ...
in the door
See: FOOT IN THE DOOR.
in the driver's seat
{adv. phr.} In control; having the power to make decisions. * /Stan is in the driver's seat now that he has been made our supervisor at the factory./
in the dumps
See: DOWN IN THE DUMPS.
in the event
See: IN CASE(1).
in the event of
See: IN CASE OF.
in the eye
See: LOOK IN THE EYE.
in the face
See: BLUE IN THE FACE, LOOK IN THE EYE or LOOK IN THE FACE, SLAP IN THE FACE, STARE IN THE FACE.
in the face of
{adv. phr.} 1. When met or in the presence of; threatened by. * /He was brave in the face of danger./ * /She began to cry in the face of failure./ 2. Although opposed ...
in the family
See: RUN IN THE BLOOD or RUN IN THE FAMILY.
in the first place
{adv. phr.} 1. Before now; in the beginning; first. * /You already ate breakfast! Why didn't you tell me that in the first place instead of saying you didn't want to eat?/ ...
in the flesh
See: IN PERSON.
in the groove
{adj. phr.}, {slang} Doing something very well; near perfection; at your best. * /The band was right in the groove that night./ * /It was an exciting football game; ...
in the hole
{adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} 1a. Having a score lower than zero in a game, especially a card game; to a score below zero. * /John went three points in the hole on the ...
in the know
{adj. phr.}, {informal} Knowing about things that most people do not know about; knowing secrets or understanding a special subject. * /Tina helped Professor Smith make ...
in the lap of luxury
{adv. phr.} Well supplied with luxuries; having most things that money can buy. * /Mike grew up in the lap of luxury./ Compare: ON EASY STREET, WELL-TO-DO.
in the lap of the gods
also[on the knees of the gods] {adv. phr.}, {literary} Beyond human control; not to be decided by anyone. * /Frank had worked hard as a candidate, and as election day came ...
in the least
{adv. phr.} Even a little; in any degree or amount. - Used in negative, interrogative, and conditional sentences. * /Sue did not understand physics in the least./ * /Are ...
in the line of duty
{adj. phr.} Done or happening as part of a job. * /The policeman was shot in the line of duty./ * /The soldier had to clean his rifle in the line of duty./
in the long run
{adv. phr.} In the end; in the final result. * /John knew that lie could make a success of the little weekly paper in the long run./ * /You may make good grades by studying ...
in the lurch
See: LEAVE IN THE LURCH.
in the main
{adv. phr.}, {formal} In most cases; generally; usually. * /In the main, small boys and dogs are good friends./ * /In the main, the pupils did well on the test./
in the market for
{adj. phr.} Wishing to buy; ready to buy. * /Mr. Jones is in the market for a new car./ * /People are always in the market for entertainment./
in the middle
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} In between two sides of an argument; caught between two dangers. * /Mary found herself in the middle of the quarrel between Joyce and Ethel./ * ...
in the middle of nowhere
{adv. phr.} In a deserted, faraway place. * /When my car stopped on the highway in the middle of nowhere, it took forever to get help./
in the money
See: IN THE CHIPS.
in the mood (for)
{adj. phr.} 1. Interested in doing something. * /Sorry, I'm just not in the mood for a heavy dinner tonight./ 2. Feeling sexy. * /I am sorry, darling, I am just not in ...
in the mouth
See: LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH.
in the neck
See: CATCH IT IN THE NECK or GET IT IN THE NECK.
in the nick of time
{adv. phr.} Just at the right time; barely soon enough; almost too late. * /The doctor arrived in the nick of time to save the child from choking to death./ * /Joe ...
in the pink
or[in the pink of condition] {adj. phr.}, {informal} In excellent health; strong and well; in fine shape. * /Mr. Merrick had aged well; he was one of those old men who always ...
in the prime of life
{adv. phr.} At the peak of one's creative abilities; during the most productive years. * /Poor John lost his job due to restructuring when he was in the prime of his life./ ...
in the public eye
{adj. phr.} Widely known; often seen in public activity; much in the news. * /The senator's activity kept him in the public eye./ * /A big league ballplayer is naturally ...
in the raw
{adj.} or {adv. phr.} 1. In the simplest or most natural way; with no frills. * /Henry enjoyed going into the woods and living life in the raw./ 2. {informal} Without ...
in the red
{adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} In an unprofitable way; so as to lose money. * /A large number of American radio stations operate in the red./ * /A rich man who has a ...
in the right
{adj. phr.} With moral or legal right or truth on your side; in agreement with justice, truth, or fact; correct. * /When the cars collided, John was clearly in the right./ * ...
in the rough
See: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.
in the running
{adj.} or {adv. phr.} Having a chance to win; not to be counted out; among those who might win. * /At the beginning of the last lap of the race, only two horses were ...
in the saddle
adv. or {adj. phr.} In command; in control; in a position to order or boss others. * /Mr. Park was in the saddle when he had over half the company's stock./ * ...
in the same boat
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} In the same trouble; in the same fix; in the same bad situation. * /When the town's one factory closed and hundreds of people lost their ...
in the same breath
{adv. phr.} 1. At the same time; without waiting. * /John would complain about hard times, and in the same breath boast of his prize-winning horses./ * /Jane ...
in the same place
See: LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE.
in the sand
See: HIDE ONE'S HEAD IN THE SAND.
in the second place
See: IN THE --- PLACE.
in the short run
{adv. phr.} In the immediate future. * /We are leasing a car in the short run; later we might buy one./ Contrast: IN THE LONG RUN.
in the spotlight
{adv. phr.} In the center of attention, with everybody watching what one is doing. * /It must be difficult for the President to be in the spotlight wherever he goes./ ...
in the swim
{adj. phr.} Doing the same things that other people are doing; following the fashion (as in business or social affairs); busy with what most people are doing. * /Jim ...
in the third place
See: IN THE --- PLACE.
in the till
See: ROB THE TILL or HAVE ONE'S HAND IN THE TILL.
in the twinkling of an eye
See: BEFORE ONE CAN SAY JACK ROBINSON.
in the wake of
{prep.}, {literary} As a result of; right after; following. * /Many troubles follow in the wake of war./ * /There were heavy losses of property in the wake of the flood./
in the way
See: IN ONE'S WAY.
in the way of
See: PUT IN THE WAY OF.
in the wind
{adj. phr.} Seeming probable; being planned; soon to happen. * /Changes in top management of the company had been in the wind for weeks./ * /Tom's close friends knew that ...
in the works
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} In preparation; being planned or worked on; in progress. * /John was told that the paving of his street was in the works./ * /It was reported that ...
in the world
or[on earth] {adv. phr.}, {informal} Of all possible things; ever. - Usually used for emphasis after words that ask questions, as "who", "why", "what", etc. * /Where in ...
in the wrong
{adj. phr.} With moral or legal right or truth against you; against justice, truth, or fact; wrong. * /In attacking a smaller boy, Jack was plainly in the wrong./ * /Mary ...
in time
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Soon enough. * /We got to Washington in time for the cherry blossoms./ * /We got to the station just in time to catch the bus./ * /John liked ...
in toto
{adv. phr.} As a whole; in its entirety; totally; altogether. * /The store refused the advertising agency's suggestion in toto./ * /They bought the newspaper ...
in touch
{adj. phr.} Talking or writing to each other; giving and getting news. * /John kept in touch with his school friends during the summer./ * /Police anywhere in the U.S. can get ...
in tow
{adj. phr.} 1. Being pulled. * /The tugboat had the large ocean liner in tow as they came into the harbor./ * /An engine came with a long string of cars in tow./ 2. ...
in trust
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} In safe care for another. * /The money was held by the hank in trust for the widow./ * /At his death Mr. Brown left a large sum in trust for ...
in tune
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. At the proper musical pitch; high or low enough in sound. * /The piano is in tune./ 2. Going well together; in agreement; matching; agreeable. - ...
in turn
{adv. phr.} According to a settled order; each following another. * /Each man in turn got up and spoke./ * /Two teachers supervised the lunch hour in turn./ * /Two of ...
in two
{adv. phr.} Into two parts or pieces; into two divisions. * /John and Mary pulled on the wishbone until it came in two./ * /There was only one piece of cake, but we cut ...
in two shakes of a lamb's tail
{adv.}, {informal} Quickly; in no time at all. * /I'll be back in two shakes of a lamb's tail./
in vain
{adv. phr.} 1. Without effect; without getting the desired result; without success. * /The drowning man called in vain for help./ * /To cry over spilled milk is to ...
in view
{adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In sight; visible. * /We came around a bend and there was the ocean in view./ 2. As a purpose, hope, or expectation. * /John had his son's ...
in view of
{prep.} After thinking about; because of. * /Schools were closed for the day in view of the heavy snowstorm./ * /In view of rising labor costs, many companies have turned to ...
in virtue of
See: BY VIRTUE OF.
in wait
See: LIE IN WAIT.
in with
{prep.} In friendship, favor, or closeness with; in the trust or liking of. * /We trusted on Byrd's being in with the mayor, not knowing that the mayor no longer liked ...
inasmuch as
{conj.} 1. See: INSOFAR AS. 2. also[for as much as] {formal} Because; for the reason that; since. * /Inasmuch as this is your team, you have the right to choose your own ...
inch
See: BY INCHES, EVERY INCH, GIVE ONE AN INCH AND HE WILL TAKE A MILE, WITHIN AN ACE OF or WITHIN AN INCH OF, WITHIN AN INCH OF ONE'S LIFE.
inch (one's way) along
{v. phr.} To. proceed slowly and with difficulty. * /When the electricity failed, it took John half an hour to inch his way along the corridors of the office building./ ...
inclined to
{adj. phr.} Having a tendency to; positively disposed toward. * /I am inclined to fall asleep after a heavy meal./
Indian
See: CIGAR-STORE INDIAN.
Indian giver
{n. phr.} A person who gives one something, but later asks for it back. - An ethnic slur; avoidable. * /John gave me a beautiful fountain pen, but a week later, like an ...
Indian sign
{n.}, {informal} A magic spell that is thought to bring bad luck; curse; jinx; hoo-doo. - Used with "the", usually after "have" or "with"; and often used in a joking way. * ...

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