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    in?

    Hi,

    What does the term "What are you in for?" means?

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    Re: in?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    What does the term "What are you in for?" means?
    It depends on the context.

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    Re: in?

    Sounds like something you'd say in jail or maybe the doctor's waiting room.

    What crime did you get convicted of to be here?
    What ailment do you have that makes you need to see the doctor?

    I'd assume the first, though: Why are you in jail?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: in?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    What does the term "What are you in for?" means?
    It means you've put yourself into a position in which you can expect something unfavourable to happen to you.

    Man A in pub: "I'm in for it, now"
    Man B in pub: " ... in for what?" (What are you in for?)
    Man A: "I'm in for a tongue lashing when I get home to my wife."

    bieasy: "I think I'm in for it now."
    friend: "What are you in for?"
    bieasy: "I'm in for a lecture from the teachers about not giving sufficient context with my questions."

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    Re: in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    friend: "What are you in for?"
    bieasy: "I'm in for a lecture from the teachers about not giving sufficient context with my questions."

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    Re: in?

    Like I said, "It depends on the context".

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    Re: in?

    I definitely think of the jail context. You can say this jokingly to a co-worker or someone who finds themselves in the same lousy situation you are in.

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    Absolutely I agree with bhaisahab. It depends on the context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leonardoatt View Post
    Absolutely I agree with bhaisahab. It depends on the context.
    I saw a humoristic cartoon, where a girl whas sitting in a room in front of a wall asking her dog "what are you in for", and I didn't understand why it was supposed to be funny.

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    Re: in?

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    I saw a humoristic cartoon, where a girl whas sitting in a room in front of a wall asking her dog "what are you in for", and I didn't understand why it was supposed to be funny.
    If it wasn't clear where they were, then I can't see why it's funny either!

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