- 1Expressing the situation of something that is or appears to be enclosed or surrounded by something else: living in Deep River dressed in their Sunday best soak it in warm soapy water she saw it in the rearview mirrorMore example sentences
- Once the marriage takes place, the woman is supposed to remain in the house while the man goes to work.
- What is in that box?
- He was well known in the area but was a quiet type of man who went about his way in a gentle manner.
- 1.1Expressing motion with the result that something ends up within or surrounded by something else: don’t put dye in the bathtub he got in his car and drove offMore example sentences
- She arrived to be sentenced with her belongings packed in bags ready to take to jail.
- She also cannot manage the stairs or getting in and out of the bath so has a stairlift and a bathlift too.
- One of the great attractions of the traditional paddling pool is being able to jump in it.
- 2Expressing a period of time during which an event takes place or a situation remains the case: they met in 1885 at one o’clock in the morning I hadn’t seen him in years
- 3Expressing the length of time before a future event is expected to take place: I’ll see you in fifteen minutes
- 4(Often followed by a noun without a determiner) expressing a state or condition: to be in love I’ve got to put my affairs in order a woman in her thirties laid out in a straight lineMore example sentences
- Until the rose bushes are in bloom again, the earlier-flowering bulbs will provide a lively picture.
- I was madly in love with her and I was pretty sure she was in love with me.
- Many people lined up for hours to see the movie only to come running out in horror before it was over.
- 4.1Indicating the quality or aspect with respect to which a judgment is made: no discernible difference in qualityMore example sentences
- The content of the drawings, while generally clear and well-detailed, is variable in quality.
- While lacking in merit as a decision-maker, he was extremely adroit in working the congressional funding process.
- 5Expressing inclusion or involvement: I read it in a book acting in a filmMore example sentences
- Because marriage figures so prominently in her novels, much has been made of Austen's decision not to marry.
- He was a huge hit in the comedy ‘Oh, God!’.
- Tom Hanks is set to star in the film.
- 6Indicating someone’s occupation or profession: she works in publishingMore example sentences
- It is four years since I was in politics.
- He studied fine art at Nebraska University, completing his degree after service in the army in the First World War.
- Jeff is working in sales for Southwest Landmark, Ohio.
- 7Indicating the language or medium used: say it in Polish put it in writingMore example sentences
- At that time I painted mostly in watercolor.
- The questionnaire, in Spanish, took approximately 45 min to administer.
- She thought that he was the greatest master of the art of telling a story in pictures without words.
- 7.1Indicating the key in which a piece of music is written: Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flatMore example sentences
- It begins in G minor but progresses to a different key, C major.
- This leads to an extended coda, also in C minor, which gradually works its way back to the G minor key.
- ‘Eroica’ is the name of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in B Flat.
- 8 [with verbal noun] As an integral part of (an activity): in planning public expenditure it is better to be prudentMore example sentences
- In announcing the program, Computershare pointed out the environmental benefits of reducing the use of valuable resources such as trees.
- I was not prepared for the variety of approvals and difficulties that came about in building a golf course.
- In comparing the results of this study with the database, it was determined that two species previously undocumented had been collected.
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- 1Expressing movement with the result that someone or something becomes enclosed or surrounded by something else: come in bring it in presently the admiral breezed inMore example sentences
- Mr Gilburn, who failed to appear in court, is thought to have moved in with a friend who lives locally.
- He was in New York for the premiere of Tommy in 1975 and had decided to pop in on his admirer while he was in town.
- The phone line for the office was put in on time and later today I am hoping to set up my internet connection.
- 2Expressing the situation of being enclosed or surrounded by something: we were locked inMore example sentences
- She had previously enjoyed food with nuts in, including breakfast cereals, and she had eaten chicken curries at other restaurants.
- Staying in on a day like this is criminal.
- She turned to the government for help and they found her an apartment for her to live in.
- 3Expressing arrival at a destination: the train got in very lateMore example sentences
- Their first pieces of work would be due in on Wednesday or Thursday of first week.
- I'm a bit disappointed that my flight out is Friday afternoon, which allowing for time differences gets in at 8pm.
- Bearing in mind the flight is due in at 11.20 pm, you'll watch its progress on the internet up to 20 minutes before it's due to land.
- 5 Baseball (Of an infielder or outfielder) playing closer to home plate than usual: looking for a force, they brought the infield inMore example sentences
- Suzuki draws infielders in, forcing them to rush throws, and takes extra bases.
- With the outfield drawn in, Larkin slapped the ball over the head of left fielder Hunter to a spot he can, to this day, locate on the Metrodome turf.
- 5.1(Of a pitch) very close to the batter: he threw a fastball in and up a littleMore example sentences
- You've got two alternatives on the next pitch - fastball in or slider away.
- He had become vulnerable to pitches in on his hands and started developing bad habits.
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- 1 [predic.] (Of a person) present at one’s home or office: we knocked at the door but there was no one inMore example sentences
present, (at) home; inside, indoors, in the house/room
- It is now 10:00 am, and I've only been in for about 20 minutes.
- I've only been in for five minutes and I stumble across a wedding party.
- He does little else; his idea of a good time is a night in with some scouting reports.
- 2 • informal Fashionable: pastels and light colors are in this year the in thing to doMore example sentences
- Luigi's was a large and crowded restaurant that was clearly the in place for the in-crowd.
- The very in words are slammin' and rockin'.
- This year, monochromatic colors are the in thing.
- 3 [predic.] (Of the ball in tennis and similar games) landing within the designated playing area.More example sentences
- Before I even came off the pick, I felt the shot was in.
- As you can see, I held my finish and barely looked up even as the ball went in.
- I don't think I got any first serves in today.
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- A position of influence: he would ensure an in with the nomineeMore example sentences
- I know people in MI6 and the SAS, so I had an in with the ex-KGB.
- Here I was, working there, able to take courses for free - in other words, I had an in.
be in for
- Have good reason to expect (typically something unpleasant): it looks as if we’re in for a stormMore example sentences
- If he were to visit the shabby military compound, he might be in for an unpleasant surprise.
- But the critics who long for Johnson's departure may be in for an unpleasant surprise.
- Anyone who buys this album expecting gentle country wailing will be in for the rudest of shocks.
- (be in for it) Have good reason to expect trouble or retribution.More example sentences
in trouble, about to be punished• informal in hot/deep water
- Walking up his driveway everything seemed normal, but when he opened the door, he knew he was in for it.
- By the time Artie got off the call, Gloria knew she was in for it.
- But for us, we generally have one self-defense weapon, and if that doesn't work, we could be in for it.
have (got) it in for
- see have.
- see all.
in and out of
- Being a frequent visitor to (a house) or frequent inmate of (an institution): he was in and out of jail for most of his twentiesMore example sentences
- She was in and out of hospital for the rest of her life and her paintings often depict her suffering.
- He spent the rest of his life in and out of mental institutions, his serious work at an end.
- He was in and out of the house on numerous occasions while the police were there.
- Privy to (a secret): they were in on the conspiracyMore example sentences
- Ben must have been in on the secret too, because he refused to take off his clothes.
- Yet if they did they sure as hell weren't letting us in on what should hardly have been a secret.
- That we hear not even a peep from him is presumably due to the fact that too many sponsors and cronies are in on the great land scam.
in so far as
- see insofar.
- For the reason that (used to specify the respect in which a statement is true): I was fortunate in that I had friendsMore example sentences
- Rose was also fortunate in that he had an early start when there was no wind.
- We have a problem in that there is a lack of places for this age group to go.
- A pillar of the Kirk, he was also unique among journalists in that he hardly ever swore.
- • informal Enjoying friendly relations with: I was in demand because I was in with the right peopleMore example sentences
in favor with, popular with, friendly with, friends with, on good terms with; liked by, admired by, accepted by
- He claimed to be so well in with the prime minister that he and his wife had been invited to Chequers.
- He mentioned that he was well in with the warder.
- She was led astray by her desire to be in with the young and to distance herself from old politicians.
the ins and outs
- • informal All the details (of something).More example sentences
- We outline each exercise in detail and walk you through the ins and outs of your training, week by week.
- I think in the past a lot of these operations were done unnecessarily perhaps, although I don't know the ins and outs of the cases myself.
- They got together with a collective of media professionals and taught themselves the ins and outs of radio production.
Old English in (preposition), inn, inne (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German in (preposition), German ein (adverb), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin in and Greek en.