Idioms Beginning With: 'I'
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In cold blood If something is done in cold blood, it is done ruthlessly, without any emotion. In dire straits If you're in dire straits, you're in serious trouble or difficulties. In donkey's years 'I haven't seen her in donkey's years.' - This means for a very long time. In dribs and drabs If people arrive in dribs and drabs, they come in small groups at irregular intervals, instead of all arriving at the same time. In droves When things happen in droves, a lot happen at the same time or very quickly. In embryo If something is in embryo, it exists but has not developed. In for a penny, in for a pound If something is worth doing then it is a case of in for a penny, in for a pound, which means that when gambling or taking a chance, you might as well go the whole way and take all the risks, not just some. In full swing If things are in full swing, they have been going for a sufficient period of time to be going well and very actively. In high gear (USA) If something is in high gear, it is in a quick-paced mode. If someone is in high gear, they are feverishly on the fast track. In high spirits If someone is in high spirits, they are in a very good mood or feeling confident about something. In his cups If someone is in their cups, they are drunk. In hot water If you are in hot water, you are in serious trouble. In league with If you're in league with someone, you have an agreement with them to do something, often something illegal or against the rules. In light of 'In light of' is similar to 'due to'. In like a dirty shirt (USA) If someone is in like a dirty shirt, they are fully involved in something. In like Flynn Refers to Errol Flynn's popularity with women in the 40's. His ability to attract women was well known throughout the world. ('In like flint' is also used.) In my bad books If you are in someone's bad books, they are angry with you. Likewise, if you are in their good books, they are pleased with you. In my book This idiom means 'in my opinion'. In my good books If someone is in your good books, you are pleased with or think highly of them at the moment. In no uncertain terms Clearly; precisely; emphatically without doubt. In one ear and out the other If something goes in one ear and out the other, you forget it as soon as you've heard it because it was too complicated, boring etc. In one stroke If something happens in one stroke, it happens immediately.(In a stroke, at a stroke and at one stroke are also used.) In over your head If someone is in over their head, they are out of the depth in something they are involved in, and may end up in a mess. In perfect form When something is as it ought to be. Or, when used cynically, it may refer to someone whose excesses are on display; a caricature. In rude health (UK) If someone's in rude health, they are very healthy and look it. In so many words This phrase may be used to mean 'approximately' or 'more or less'. I think it may have a sarcastic connotation in that the individual listening needed 'so many words' to get the point. It also may suggest the effort on the part of the speaker to explain an unpleasant truth or difficult concept. In someone's pocket If a person is in someone's pocket, they are dependent, especially financially, on them. In spades (UK) If you have something in spades, you have a lot of it. In stitches If someone is in stitches, they are laughing uncontrollably. In store If you know what is in store for you, you know what will happen to you, usually in the near future. (It can also be used in the negative) In tandem If people do things in tandem, they do them at the same time. In that vein If you do something in that (or this) vein, you do it in the same distinctive manner or style. In the afterglow When people feel joy and happiness following a positive event, they are in the afterglow of it. In the bag If something is in the bag, it is certain that you will get it or achieve it In the ballpark This means that something is close to the adequate or required value. In the black If your bank account is in credit, it is in the black. In the can If someone is in the can, they are in prison. In the can If a movie is in the can, filming has been completed. In the cards If something is in the cards, it is bound to occur, it is going to happen, or it is inevitable. In the catbird seat (USA) If someone is in the catbird seat, they are in an advantageous or superior position. In the clear If someone is in the clear, they are no longer suspected of or charged with wrongdoing. In the clink (UK) If someone is in the clink, they are in prison. In the club (UK) If a woman's in the club, she's pregnant. 'In the pudding club' is an alternative form. In the dark If you're in the dark, you don't know what is happening around you. In the dock If someone is in the dock, they are on trial in court. In the doghouse If someone is in the doghouse, they are in disgrace and very unpopular at the moment. In the driver's seat If you are in the driver's seat, you are in charge of something or in control of a situation. In the face of If people act in the face of something, they do it despite it or when threatened by it. In the family way If a woman is in the family way, she is pregnant. In the flesh If you meet or see someone in the flesh you actually meet or see them, rather than seeing them on TV or in other media. If you have a question about idioms, ask us about it in our . If you know of an idiom that you would like to be listed here, please use our online form to Idioms Discussion Forum suggest an idiom. Members Get More
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