10 Common Idioms with the Preposition “IN”

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10 Common Idioms with the Preposition “In”

11. In a Jam

Definition:

In need of help, in a difficult spot

For example:

My roommate said he was in a jam and needed to borrow twenty dollars, so I lent it to him.

10. In a Pickle

Definition:

In need of help, in a difficult spot

For example:

I’m really in a pickle. I spent all the money I had saved, and I have no way to pay next semester’s tuition bill.

9. In Clover

Definition:

Benefiting from a positive financial situation

For example:

I know it’s risky, but if this plan works we’ll both be in clover for years.

8. In for a Penny, in for a Pound

Definition:

Committed to something even though the risks are increasing

For example:

We knew the project would run into problems sooner or later, but in for a penny, in for a pound.

7. In His Cups

Definition:

Drunk

For example:

Don’t bother Joseph when he’s in his cups—he’s very irritable.

6. In Hot Water

Definition:

In need of help; in trouble

For example:

Cathy is in hot water with her department manager after she blew that sales presentation.

5. In the Limelight, In the Spotlight

Definition:

Receiving large amounts of publicity or attention

For example:

The teen star knew he would have only a few years in the limelight.

4. In (or out of) the Loop

Definition:

Part (or not part) of a group receiving shared information

For example:

Sorry, I was out of the loop on the latest financials—can you summarize them for me?

3. In the Same Boat

Definition:

In a similar situation; similarly vulnerable

For example:

Peter is worried about losing his job, and we’re in the same boat—I could lose mine at any time too.

2. In the Blink of an Eye

Definition:

Quickly, seemingly instantaneously

For example:

I had a beautiful family, a nice home, and lots of money. And then, in the blink of an eye, it was all gone.

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