- television setHe sits in front of the idiot box all day and never gets any work done.
if the shoe fits, wear it
- if what is being said in general describes you then it probably means youHe was complaining that most of the workers at his company were lazy. However his friend looked at him and said that if the shoe fits, wear it.
if worst comes to worst
- if the worst possible thing happensIf worst comes to worst we can cancel our holiday and go next year.
ill at ease
- feel nervous/uncomfortableHe appeared to be ill at ease during the interview.
in a bind
- in troubleThey will really be in a bind if they can't sell their house by next month.
- ahead of timeThey bought the tickets in advance so that they could get a good seat.
in a family way
- pregnant, going to have a babyOur new secretary is in a family way and plans to take a few months off from work soon.
in a fog (haze)
- confused, not sure what is happeningHe is always in a fog and never seems to know what is going on.
in a hole
- in some trouble, in an embarrassing or difficult positionHe is really in a hole now that he has problems both at work and at home.
in a hurry
- a need to move or act quicklyHe is very busy and always in a hurry.
in a jam
- in troubleHe is really in a jam now that his car is not working properly.
in a kind (sort) of way
- to a certain extent, a little, somewhatI would like to go in a kind of way but still I don't think that I will bother going today.
in and out
- coming in and going out oftenHe has been in and out all day but I don't know where he is at the moment.
in a nutshell
- brieflyI tried to explain the problem to him in a nutshell but there still wasn't enough time.
in any case (event)
- no matter what happens, surely, without failI may not be able to meet you next week but in any case I will still give you the books before then.
in a pig's eye
- hardly, unlikely, not soIn a pig's eye will I let him borrow my car next weekend.
in a pinch
- okay when nothing else is availableThat other tool will do in a pinch if we can't find the correct one.
- armed, ready to fightThey are all in arms since they found out about the wage decrease.
in a rush
- in a hurryThey got the job done in a big rush so I am a little worried about the quality.
in a rut
- always doing the same thingShe feels that she is in a rut after doing the same job for seven years.
in a spot
- in some trouble, in an embarrassing or difficult positionShe is really in a tight spot right now since she was unable to enter university and also has no job.
in a way
- to a certain extent, a little, somewhatIn a way I would like to go but basically I don't care.
in a word
- briefly, to sum upIn a word, the problem with the car is that it needs a new motor.
in a world of one's own
- in deep thought or concentration, not caring about other peopleHe is always in a world of his own and doesn't notice what other people say or think.
in black and white
- in writingI want to get the information in black and white before I go to the meeting.
in cahoots with
- in secret agreement or partnership with someoneThe supermarket was in cahoots with the vegetable producer to try and keep the prices high.
- as a precaution, in order to be preparedIn case there is a fire, we keep our computer backup files in a fireproof safe.
- as usual, typical, in the way that a person usually behavesSupporting the other members of the staff is in character with her usual actions.
- in control or authority, responsibleHe is charge of the sales department at his company.
- under control, kept quiet or backThe violence was kept in check by the police department and the army.
- rich or successful, having a pleasant or easy lifeThey are in clover now that they have sold their business and retired.
in cold blood
- without feeling or pity, cooly and deliberatelyThe family was murdered in cold blood by the criminal gang.
- shared together or equally, in use or ownership by allWe had to use the bathroom in common with the other people in the house.
- seriously mixed up in something like debt or troubleHe owes a lot of money and is in very deep with his new house and car.
in due course
- in the usual amount of time, at the right timeWe will send the information to you in due course.
- actually, the truth isHe's been to China before. In fact he's been there three times.
- unable to avoid, sure to getHe is in for a lot of trouble now that he is unable to finish his graduation essay.
in good time
- a little early, sooner than necessaryI will try and get the information to you in good time so that you will be able to decide what to do.
- under controlThe teacher had the class in hand when the principal came to visit the classroom.
in hot water
- in troubleI am in hot water over the extra expenses that I used during the conference.
in keeping with
- going well together, agreeing, similarIn keeping with our tradition of letting the visiting team kick first we will do it for this game as well.
- in a similar way, with the same kind of thingWe will pay them back in kind for the use of their sailboat.
in league with
- in secret agreement or partnership with someoneThe union has been in league with management in trying to build the new factory.
in light of
- as a result of new information, because ofIn light of his contribution to the company we decided to give him a large summer bonus.
- doing or being what people expect or accept, within ordinary limitsIt was difficult to keep the children in line at the picnic but somehow we managed.
- liking very much, lovingHe has been in love with his girlfriend ever since he met her in high school.
- having good luck, finding something good by chanceI think that we are in luck. I have found two tickets for the concert.
in memory of
- as a reminder of, as a memorial toWe decided to put our money together and buy a painting in memory of our grandfather.
in nothing flat
- quicklyI will have this information printed out for you in nothing flat.
in no time
- soon, quicklyI will have this done for you in no time and then you can go for lunch.
- joining together for somethingWe went in on a present for our father for Father's Day.
- told about, having knowledge ofI was finally let in on the secret about why she left our company.
in one's element
- in an environment or situation that comes naturally to someoneShe is in her element being in charge of the new sales department.
in one's face
- abruptly, unexpectedlyThe plan blew up in our face just as we were ready to start.
in one's good books (graces)
- approved of by someone, liked by someoneI have been in her good books since I helped her with her work last month.
in one's hair
- annoying someoneShe has been in my hair all morning because she is on her summer holiday starting this week.
in one's mind's eye
- in one's imaginationIn your mind's eye try and imagine that you are on a nice sunny beach in Hawaii.
in one's shell
- withdrawn, silent, not sociableWe have been trying to get her out of her shell but it is of no use. She doesn't want to talk to anyone.
in one's shoes
- in someone elses place or positionI wish that I was in his shoes with his great job and new car.
in one's tracks
- abruptly, immediately, just where one is at the momentI was forced to stop in my tracks when I saw the snake on the road.
in order to
- for the purpose ofWe have decided to close down the school for the summer in order to do some major repairs.
in other words
- say something in a different (usually more direct) wayIn other words if you don't finish the assignment by Wednesday you will not pass the course.
- to some extent, partlyI think the reason he is not golfing well this year is in part due to his problem with his back.
in point of fact
- really, truthfullyIn point of fact there were not enough people at the meeting to vote on the proposal.
ins and outs
- all the detailsHe knows all the ins and outs of the new machine.
in seventh heaven
- very happyI have been in seventh heaven since I started my new job.
in short supply
- not enough, in less than the amount or number neededChairs were in short supply so some of the guests had to sit on the floor.
inside and out
- in every part, completelyWe looked through the room inside and out for my lost wallet.
- so that the inside is turned outsideShe turned her purse inside out in order to look for her lost key.
- an advantage, shortest distance around a racetrackI think that he has the inside track on getting the new job at the computer company.
in spite of
- in opposition to, despiteIn spite of the terrible weather we went to the beach for a picnic.
- in place ofLet's meet at the restaurant instead of the department store as we had planned.
- laughingThey were in stitches over their teacher's joke.
- having something ready to sell or useThe store didn't have any computer discs in stock so we bought some over the Internet.
- ready to happen, waitingI don't really know what the future has in store for me but I will be ready for anything.
in the air
- current, exerting an influenceIt is in the air that we will be getting a new president next week.
in the bag
- certain, sureThe new contract will be in the bag if we put in a good proposal.
in the black
- have a credit balance, make a profitThe company has been in the black for over three years now.
in the cards
- to be expected, likely to happen, predictableI think that a new company structure is in the cards but I can't be sure.
in the charge of
- under the care or supervision ofShe has been in the charge of her grandmother since her mother and father died.
in the clear
- with nothing to limit action, free of anything that makes moving or seeing difficultWe seem to be in the clear now so it should be safe to cross the road.
in the clear
- free of blame or suspicionThe police talked to the three boys for a few minutes but they seem to be in the clear now.
in the clouds
- far from real life, in dreams, in thoughtHe is usually in the clouds so you may have trouble finding out what you want to know from him.
in the course of
- duringIn the course of his life he visited over 45 countries.
in the dark
- having no information about somethingHe is still in the dark about my plans to quit my job.
in the doghouse
- in troubleHe is in the doghouse with his wife after staying out drinking last night.
in the first place
- firstly, to begin withOf course I can't go. In the first place I must work on Saturday. In the second place I have no money.
in the groove
- at one's best, doing something very wellWe are finally getting in the groove and should be able to finish this job by early next week.
in the hole
- having a score lower than zero in a game, a score below zeroAt the beginning of the card game I was in the hole but later I began to do well.
in the hole
- in debt, behind financiallyAlthough he is always working he always seems to be in the hole.
in the line of duty
- done or happening as part of a jobThe police officer was killed in the line of duty during the bank robbery.
in the long run
- the distant future, in the endFor now he is losing money on his stocks but in the long run he should make money.
in the market for
- wanting or ready to buy somethingI am in the market for a new computer as my old one is too slow.
in the red
- lose money, not make a profitThe company has been in the red for three years now.
in the saddle
- in command, in controlThe president is back in the saddle again after being ill for several months.
in the same boat
- in a similar situationWe are all in the same boat now that our company has gone out of business.
in the soup
- in serious trouble, in disorderShe is in the soup now that she has had a big fight with her boss.
in the swim
- active in or knowing what is going onHe is definitely in the swim. He has information about everybody.
in the wake of
- as a result of, followingIn the wake of the large number of people who have recently left our company we will need to hire some more people.
in the wind
- soon to happen, being plannedIt is in the wind that they are planning to open a new store next year.
in the works
- in preparation, being planned or worked onDon't worry about whether or not we will be building the new computer lab. It is definitely in the works.
in the wrong
- wrong; against justice, truth or factThe driver was in the wrong and was arrested by the police after the accident.
- early enoughI didn't come home in time to meet my cousin.
into thin air
- completely, without anything leftThe group of hikers vanished into thin air and were never heard of again.
- talking or writing to each other, giving or getting newsWe are still in touch even though we have been out of school for many years.
- being pulledThe truck had a trailer in tow when it went off the highway.
- being taken from place to place, along with someoneShe spent the morning at the shopping center with her child in tow.
- going well together, in agreement, matchingWe have been in tune with each other ever since we met at our high school graduation party.
- each following anotherWe went up to the front of the class in turn in order to pick up our diplomas.
in two shakes of a lamb's tail
- quickly, in no time at allI will have this finished in two shakes of a lamb's tail and then I will give it to you.
- without effect, without successWe tried in vain to find a good job but it was impossible.
in view of
- after thinking about, because ofIn view of the large number of people who have come I think that we will need a bigger room.
- in friendship, favor or closeness withI think that he was in with the wrong group of people when he was in high school.
- work outWe have ironed out all of our problems and are finally doing better.
irons in the fire
- things one is doing, projects with which a person is busyRecently he has too many irons in the fire. That is why he has become sick.
- a wish for money, greedThe guard at the border crossing has an itching palm so be careful of him.