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    Is there such a term as "in figure"?

    Hello! A student told me today that "in figure" means "in shape". I told her that I have never heard of this phrase used in this way.

    I just wanted to check if "in figure" could actually mean this? I have never learned this, ever....but I don't know everything so I thought I'd ask!

    Thank you,

    Tina

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    Re: Is there such a term as "in figure"?

    We use things like keep/lose your figure but I haven't come across in figure. On the internet, in figure is used for competitions, so the student may have got it from that.

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    Re: Is there such a term as "in figure"?

    It's possible to use it in the right context. I suppose someone could be 'trim in figure' (although 'trim-figured' would sound better to me - it would be more likely if the 'in' referred to a pair of nouns... but this is a tangent of a tangent, so I won't go there )

    But 'in figure' isn't an idiom meaning 'in shape'.

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    Re: Is there such a term as "in figure"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But 'in figure' isn't an idiom meaning 'in shape'.
    [not a teacher]

    Same in AmE, as far as I know.

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    Re: Is there such a term as "in figure"?

    Hello! Thank you to all three of you whom replied promptly to my question. I really appreciate your information!

    Thank you again!

    Have a great day!

    Tina :)

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