Idioms Beginning With: 'I'
results for letter 'I
- In the hole
- If someone is in the hole, they have a lot of problems, especially financial ones.
- In the hot seat
- If someone's in the hot seat, they are the target for a lot of unwelcome criticism and examination.
- In the know
- If you are in the know, you have access to all the information about something, which other people don't have.
- In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king
- If surrounded by people less capable or able, someone who would not normally be considered special can shine.
- In the lap of luxury
- People in the lap of luxury are very wealthy and have have everything that money can buy.
- In the limelight
- When you are in the limelight, you are at the center of attention.
- In the long run
- This means 'over a long period of time', 'in the end' or 'in the final result'.
- In the loop
- If you're in the loop, you are fully informed about what is happening in a certain area or activity.
- In the lurch
- If you are left in the lurch, you are suddenly left in an embarrassing or tricky situation.
- In the making
- When something is in the making, it means it is in the process of being made.
- In the offing
- If something is in the offing, it is very likely to happen soon.
- In the pink
- If you are in very good health, you are in the pink.
- In the pipeline
- If something's in the pipeline, it hasn't arrived yet but its arrival is expected.
- In the red
- If your bank account is overdrawn, it is in the red.
- In the running
- If you have a reasonable chance, you're in the running.
- In the saddle
- If you're in the saddle, you are in control of a situation.
- In the same boat
- If people are in the same boat, they are in the same predicament or trouble.
- In the short run
- This refers to the immediate future.
- In the soup
- If you're in the soup, you're in trouble.
- In the swim
- If you are in the swim, you are up-to-date with and fully informed about something.
- In the swing
- If things are in the swing, they are progressing well.
- In the tall cotton
- A phrase that expresses good times or times of plenty and wealth as tall cotton means a good crop.
- In the twinkling of an eye
- If something happens in the twinkling of an eye, it happens very quickly.
- In the zone
- If you are in the zone, you are very focused on what you have to do.
- In turn
- This means one after the other.
Example: She spoke to each of the guests in turn.
- In two minds
- If you are in two minds about something, you can't decide what to do.
- In your blood
- A trait or liking that is deeply ingrained in someone's personality and unlikely to change is in their blood. A similar idiom is 'in his DNA.'
- In your element
- If you are in your element, you feel happy and relaxed because you are doing something that you like doing and are good at.
"You should have seen her when they asked her to sing; she was in her element."
- In your face
- If someone is in your face, they are direct and confrontational. (It is sometime written 'in yer face'colloquially)
- In your sights
- If you have someone or something in your sights, they are your target to beat.
- Indian file
- If people walk in Indian file, they walk in a line one behind the other.
- Indian giver
- An Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back.
- Indian summer
- If there is a period of warmer weather in late autumn, it is an Indian summer.
- Ins and outs
- If you know the ins and outs of something, you know all the details.
- Inside story
- The inside story is information or an explanation that is known only by people closely involved with something.
- Into each life some rain must fall
- This means that bad or unfortunate things will happen to everyone at some time.
- Into thin air
- If something vanishes or disappears without trace, it vanishes into thin air; no-one knows where it has gone.
- Iron fist
- Someone who rules or controls something with an iron fist is in absolute control and tolerates no dissent. An iron fist in a velvet glove is used to describe someone who appears soft on the outside, but underneath is very hard.
'Mailed fist' is an alternative form.
- Iron in the fire
- If you have an iron in the fire, you have a project, undertaking or plan of action; having several irons in the fire means you have more than one.
- Irons in the fire
- A person who has a few irons in the fire has a number of things working to their advantage at the same time.
- Is Saul also among the prophets?
- It's a biblical idiom used when somebody known for something bad appears all of a sudden to be doing something very good.
- It ain't over till the fat lady sings
- This idiom means that until something has officially finished, the result is uncertain.
- It cost an arm and a leg
- If something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive indeed.
- It cost the earth
- If something costs the earth, it is very expensive indeed.
- It is what it is
- This is used when a person, place or thing is behaving in accordance with their nature, so that behavior should be accepted or expected even if it is not what you would like.
- It never rains but it pours
- 'It never rains but it pours' means that when things go wrong, they go very wrong.
- It takes a village to raise a child
- It takes many people to teach a child all that he or she should know.
- It takes all kinds to make a world
- Diversity is essential- the world would be incomplete if everyone were alike.('It takes all sorts to make a world' is also used.)
- It takes two to tango
- This idiom is used to suggest that when things go wrong, both sides are involved and neither side is completely innocent.
- It's an ill wind that blows no good
- This is said when things have gone wrong; the idea being that when bad things happen, there can also be some positive results.
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