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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
be in the club —(coll.) become pregnant (also: be in the pudding club): When the doctor told me I was in the club I told him he was daft—that I’d never—well, you know. join the club— 1. (also: join the crowd) is used to tell that one has already had a similar, usually unfavorable, experience: […]
be in the clouds —(also: be in the skies) be given to daydreaming; not act according to the realities of life: I’m so practical, a little too solid perhaps, while you are, and always will be, in the clouds. Note: The expression is not antonymous in meaning to the phrase drop from the clouds—(also: drop […]
be in stitches —(coll.) be laughing noisily and deeply: We were in stitches! You’ll be in stitches too when you see him on the stage! not have a stitch on—have no clothes on: Little Tommy spent most of the time running around the pool with not a stitch on.
be in someone’s shoes—be in smb.’s usually unfortunate situation: I wouldn’t like to be in your shoes when he finds out that you have deceived him. Cf.: walk a mile in someone’s shoes—used to imply that one has to experience life from another person’s perspective to truly understand him: “You never really know a man […]
be in someone’s blood—act as an essential factor for smb.’s character and life style: Although my music is not specifically about Tanzania, I feel its influence because it’s in my blood. run in someone’s blood—be typical of a person’s family or ancestors: Tiger training runs in his blood. His grandfather trained tigers, and his uncles […]
be in progress—be done or made; be under way: Discussions were in progress for “an aerobus” to provide cheap travel for large numbers. make progress—advance or develop towards a better state: As the days went along, I found myself perking up a bit. I seemed to be making progress.
be in murky waters—said of a confused situation where people may behave in morally questionable ways: Patton is now trying to continue running the government without the benefit of a budget. This puts him in murky waters…. Cf.: muddy the waters—make the situation less clear: Announcements that parts of this or that sector are to […]
be in luck—be lucky about smth. on this one occasion: You’re in luck—the very car you want has just come in. one’s luck is in—enjoy a period of good luck: I think I’ll put some money on the next race, while my luck is in.