In For It (or Something), to be

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Be In For It ( or something)’ To be in for something means to be certain to experience it, usually referring to something unpleasant. Usage The simple form “in for it” is used so often for this idiom that it can be considered a standard variant. For example: “Mom found out … Read more

In the Worst Way

Meaning of Idiom ‘In the Worst Way’ In the worst way means very much; desperately; to an extreme degree. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012. Usage … Read more

It Never Rains, But It Pours

Also: When it rains, it pours Meaning of Idiom It Never Rains, But It Pours: When things go wrong or become difficult, they tend to do so one after the other so that negative things happen to excess; when one thing goes wrong, many things go wrong. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin … Read more

In the Doghouse

Meaning of Idiom ‘In the Dog House’ When someone is in the doghouse, someone else is angry, annoyed, irritated, or displeased with them; to be in trouble, disfavor, or disgrace. 1Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,3Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary … Read more

In the Dark

Meaning of Idiom In the Dark: 1. To be uninformed or unknowledgeable about something or someone. 2. In secret, hidden. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage Other than “to be in the dark” this idiom has several standard phrasal variations … Read more

In the Crosshairs

Meaning of Idiom ‘In the Crosshairs’ To be in the crosshairs means be the object of intense observation or scrutiny, usually as a result of some wrongdoing or unpopular opinion, etc., or to be in a position to be attacked or criticized (Source). Compare to caught in the crossfire. Examples Of Use The idiom is always … Read more

In Stock

Meaning of Idiom ‘In Stock’ The idiom in stock refers to items for sale in retail establishments. When an item is ‘in stock’ the store or online business has one or more of the items physically in inventory, on the premises or in a warehouse, and available for purchase. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton … Read more

In Stitches

Used as and English idiom since the 1930’s with origins in Shakespeare and Old English. Meaning of ‘In Stitches’ Idiom To be in stitches means to laugh uncontrollably; to be extremely amused. Examples Of Use “The comedian was terrible but the heckler had us in stitches. “She seems very serious but after a few drinks she’ll have … Read more

In Progress

Meaning Of Idiom ‘In Progress’ When something is in progress it is taking place right now but is not yet finished; underway or under development. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. Usage The idiom in progress is often used to refer to meetings, as in “there … Read more

In Like Flynn, to be

To be in like Flynn is a fairly new idiom, only existing since only the mid-1900’s. Flynn is a proper name, and this expression is one of hundreds of proper-name idioms, most of which don’t survive for nearly as long as this one. It is hard to say why this particular idiom is still in use … Read more