To be in
In In, adv. 1. Not out; within; inside. In, the preposition, becomes an adverb by omission of its object, leaving it as the representative of an adverbial phrase, the context indicating what the omitted object is; as, he takes in the situation (i. e., he comprehends it in his mind); the Republicans were in (i. e., in office); in at one ear and out at the other (i. e., in or into the head); his side was in (i. e., in the turn at the bat); he came in (i. e., into the house). [1913 Webster]

Their vacation . . . falls in so pat with ours. --Lamb. [1913 Webster]

Note: The sails of a vessel are said, in nautical language, to be in when they are furled, or when stowed. In certain cases in has an adjectival sense; as, the in train (i. e., the incoming train); compare up grade, down grade, undertow, afterthought, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) With privilege or possession; -- used to denote a holding, possession, or seisin; as, in by descent; in by purchase; in of the seisin of her husband. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

{In and in breeding}. See under {Breeding}.

{In and out} (Naut.), through and through; -- said of a through bolt in a ship's side. --Knight.

{To be in}, to be at home; as, Mrs. A. is in.

{To come in}. See under {Come}. [1913 Webster]


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  • To be in for it — In In, prep. [AS. in; akin to D. & G. in, Icel. [=i], Sw. & Dan. i, OIr. & L. in, Gr. en. [root]197. Cf. 1st {In }, {Inn}.] The specific signification of in is situation or place with respect to surrounding, environment, encompassment, etc. It is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be in with — In In, prep. [AS. in; akin to D. & G. in, Icel. [=i], Sw. & Dan. i, OIr. & L. in, Gr. en. [root]197. Cf. 1st {In }, {Inn}.] The specific signification of in is situation or place with respect to surrounding, environment, encompassment, etc. It is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be in full feather — Feather Feath er (f[e^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. fether, AS. fe[eth]er; akin to D. veder, OHG. fedara, G. feder, Icel. fj[ o][eth]r, Sw. fj[ a]der, Dan. fj[ae]der, Gr. ptero n wing, feather, pe tesqai to fly, Skr. pattra wing, feather, pat to fly, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be in high feather — Feather Feath er (f[e^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. fether, AS. fe[eth]er; akin to D. veder, OHG. fedara, G. feder, Icel. fj[ o][eth]r, Sw. fj[ a]der, Dan. fj[ae]der, Gr. ptero n wing, feather, pe tesqai to fly, Skr. pattra wing, feather, pat to fly, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be in the wind — Wind Wind (w[i^]nd, in poetry and singing often w[imac]nd; 277), n. [AS. wind; akin to OS., OFries., D., & G. wind, OHG. wint, Dan. & Sw. vind, Icel. vindr, Goth winds, W. gwynt, L. ventus, Skr. v[=a]ta (cf. Gr. ah ths a blast, gale, ah^nai to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be in touch — Touch Touch, n. [Cf. F. touche. See {Touch}, v. ] 1. The act of touching, or the state of being touched; contact. [1913 Webster] Their touch affrights me as a serpent s sting. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physiol.) The sense by which pressure or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be in one's cups — Cup Cup (k[u^]p), n. [AS. cuppe, LL. cuppa cup; cf. L. cupa tub, cask; cf. also Gr. ky ph hut, Skr. k[=u]pa pit, hollow, OSlav. kupa cup. Cf. {Coop}, {Cupola}, {Cowl} a water vessel, and {Cob}, {Coif}, {Cop}.] 1. A small vessel, used commonly to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be in a pickle — Pickle Pic kle, n. [Cf. D. pekel. Probably a dim. fr. {Pick}, v. t., alluding to the cleaning of the fish.] 1. (a) A solution of salt and water, in which fish, meat, etc., may be preserved or corned; brine. (b) Vinegar, plain or spiced, used for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be in leading strings — Leading Lead ing, a. Guiding; directing; controlling; foremost; as, a leading motive; a leading man; a leading example. {Lead ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Leading case} (Law), a reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be in a nutshell — Nutshell Nut shell , n. 1. The shell or hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is inclosed. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a thing of little compass, or of little value. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) A shell of the genus Nucula. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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