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These letters are often seen in the churches, rituals and vestments of various Christian religions, especially Catholicism, Orthodoxy and High Anglica...

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IKEA, the world famous international retailer founded in Sweden in 1943 is an acronym for Ingvar Kamprad Eimtaryd Aggunaryd. Ingvar Kamprad is the nam...

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Of the same ilk means of the same type or sort and this usage dates from the 1500s although the word ilk itself comes from Old English, pre-12th centu...

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Ill at ease

This expression meaning uncomfortable or uneasy is from the early 14th century. Shakespeare also used it in Othello Act III, scene III, “Madam, not no...

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Ill wind that blows nobody any good

The complete expression is it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good, which is another way of saying that if a wind does not benefit anyone, then it...

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Impromptu means without preparation, off-hand and is a direct borrowing from the French impromptu, which means the same thing; ultimately from the Lat...

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In a bind

To be in a bind means to be in a tight or awkward situation, from the allusion to being bound or tied up, dates from the mid-19th century.

In a blue funk

see Blue funk

In a corner

see Corner

In a fix

see Fix

In a flat spin

see Flat spin

In a jam

see Jam

In a jiff/jiffy

‘In a jiff’ or ‘in a jiffy’ means in a short moment of time, and is a British colloquialism that dates from the late 18th century, the origin of which...

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In a nutshell

To put something in the casing of a nut would be to confine it in a very small space. The origin is Shakespeare Hamlet Act II, Scene II, “O God! I cou...

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In a pickle

To be in a pickle means to be in a troublesome or unpleasant situation, and dates from the mid-16th century. This figurative sense presumably derives...

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