Merriam-Webster's Learner's DictionaryDo you find the phrase "in between" informal?
1 : in the space that separates (two things or people)
▪ The ball rolled between the desk and the wall. ▪ He stood between his mother and his father. ▪ The office has two desks with a table between them. ▪ They put up a fence between their house and their neighbor's house. ▪ There are fences between all the houses.
— often used figuratively ▪ a book that blurs the line/boundary between fact and fiction
— often used in the phrase in between ▪ There are fences in between all the houses.
2 : in the time that separates (two actions, events, etc.)
▪ If you want to lose weight, you shouldn't eat between meals. ▪ Between bites of food, they talked to their teacher. ▪ The two days between Monday and Thursday are Tuesday and Wednesday. ▪ We should arrive between 9 and 10 o'clock.
— often used in the phrase in between ▪ You shouldn't eat in between meals.
3 — used to indicate the beginning and ending points of a group of numbers, a range of measurement, etc. ▪ a number between 1 and 20 ▪ The package weighs somewhere between a pound and a pound and a half.
— sometimes used in the phrase in between ▪ a number in between 1 and 20
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