Convert, proselyte are synonyms only in being applicable to the same person. Both denote a person who has embraced another creed, opinion, or doctrine than the one he has previously accepted or adhered to.
be in the swim—have interest or active role in modern life and social activities: The need to be in the swim—up to date—might not have been the least of our driving forces for general progress. swim with the stream—(also: float with the stream) act as the majority of people do; behave in a conventional way: […]
Croquet is a lawn game using mallets, balls, and wickets. Historians say croquet began as an outdoor version of billiards. Croquette is a small cake of minced food usually coated in bread crumbs and deep fried. Beef stock, spices, potatoes, and meat made up the croquette’s filling.
be in the same boat—(also: be in the same box) be in the same, usually unfavorable, position: When John told her how poor he was she said that she was in the same boat. sail in the same boat—act together; make common cause with a person: If I were you I wouldn’t sail in the […]
Critique (noun or verb) means a critical review of something. The professor’s film critique annoyed some people. Professor Ward critiques movies for the Saratoga Press. Criticize means to offer critical remarks about something. Tim criticized Walter for his indifference to politics.
Criteria is the plural form; criterion is the singular form. They identified 10 important criteria for their business plan. The most important criterion for us is customer acceptance. Note: Phrases such as a criteria, one criteria, or this criteria should be avoided. Also, a few writing authorities accept criterions as the plural of criterion.
be in the running—compete for smth. such as fame, smb.’s affections, etc.: A month before Joyce married Hal, three of Joyce’s boy friends seemed to be still in the running. Cf.: be out of the running—fail to achieve success as a contender: Halliburton is now out of the running for bids on lucrative construction contracts. […]
be in the race— 1. compete for smth. such as public office, etc.: Morris Udall, the “liberal-progressive” spear carrier, will have to win to stay in the race. 2. (negat.) not have a chance of winning or obtaining smth.: A few years ago he wouldn’t have been in the race to own a car like […]