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.
When things happen in droves, a lot happen at the same time or very quickly.
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
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
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" or "as far as I'm concerned".
"The government's doing an awful job, in my book"
"In my book, it's the best city I've ever lived in."
"My boss doesn't really respect me, and in my book that's a problem."
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
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.
If you have something in spades, you have a lot of it.
If someone is in stitches, they are laughing uncontrollably.
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)
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
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
If someone is in the clink, they are in prison.
In the club
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.
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