AMERICAN IDIOMS (I)
: Gross, disgusting.
If worst comes to worst:
If things get really bad. ex. "If worst comes to worst, we can always fire him."
: Uncertain. ex: "That's a little iffy at this point."
Uncomfortable. ex. "She seemed to be ill-at-ease talking to the doctor about her problems".
In a bad way:
Not well; in bad shape. ex. "He was in a bad way, partly because of all the alcohol that he drank daily."
In bad taste:
Rude. Vulgar. Obscene. ex. "John's jokes are always in bad taste."
In a bind
: In a predicament; in a difficult situation. ex: "I'm in a bit of a bind - Do you think you can help me out?"
In broad daylight:
Publicly visible in the daytime. ex. "This city is very dangerous. You can get robbed in broad daylight."
In good shape/ condition:
Physically and functionally sound and sturdy. "Shape" is generally used more for people. ex. "The car is in good condition. Bill is in good shape."
In mint condition:
In perfect condition (not used for people). ex. "This baseball card is in mint condition."
In no mood to do something:
To not feel like doing something; to not want to do something. ex. "I'm in no mood to cook dinner tonight."
In no time
: Very soon. ex: "Don't worry - We'll be there in no time."
In a row
: One after another; Straight. ex: "Our team has won five games in a row."
Currently available for selling (often said of fresh fruit and vegetables). ex. "Tomatoes are very cheap now because they're in season."
Available for purchase, as in goods in a store. ex. "P1: Do you have any more of these books in stock? P2: No, I'm sorry we don't."
In the air:
Everywhere. All around. ex. "Love is in the air, everywhere you look around."
In the cards
: Likely (to happen). ex: "A promotion is not in the cards for him." (He most likely will not be promoted).
In the doghouse
: In trouble. To be in the doghouse = To be in trouble.
In the long run:
Over a long period of time; ultimately. ex. "He smokes a lot now, and I'm afraid that in the long run it will cost him his health."
In the same boat:
In the same situation (usually negative). ex. "I know exactly how you feel because I'm in the same boat."
In the works
: Currently being worked on, developed. ex: "Our new website is in the works."
In and out:
Coming in and going out often. ex. "She's been in and out all day."
(To be) in with (someone):
(To be) friends or friendly with (someone). ex. "At high school, he was in with the wrong crowd. That's why he always got in trouble."
Ahead of time. ex. "In the future, could you let me know about these things in advance?"