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In a spin

see Flat spin

In a stew

see Stew/stew in one’s own juice

In a tizz/tizzy

see Tizz/tizzy

In a trice

Means in a short moment or in a very short space of time and, in the form of ‘at’ a trice, dates from the mid-15th century. In a trice first appears i...

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In any way, shape, or form

In any way, shape or form' or 'in some way, shape or form' are commonly used and largely meaningless idiomatic phrases that are used to emphasise a p...

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In at the deep end

see In the deep end

In black and white

In the sense of a written record, to get something in black and white dates from the 14th century.

In cahoots

Originally American in origin, the word cahoot meaning a company or partnership dates from c. 1818. According to the OED, the origin is unknown but be...

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In clover

The shrub clover was and still is highly prized as pasture for cattle and since the early 1700s, to be ‘in clover’ has been a metaphor for living a li...

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In cold blood

Many expressions in English derive from the perceived temperature of blood. We talk of doing something in hot blood or in the heat of passion. Sometim...

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In for a penny, in for a pound

A metaphor for committing all one’s resources to achieve a goal; dates from the late 17th century when the difference between the value of a pound and...

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In full cry

In hot pursuit or extremely determined, originally used to describe a pack of hounds, dates from the 1400s.

In full swing

See Swing / take a swing at / swing by / in full swing

In good nick

British colloquialism that means in good condition dates from the late 19th/early 20th century. Its derivation is probably related to nick meaning the...

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In hot blood

see In cold blood

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