Definition of be in (or out of) the frame in English:

be in (or out of) the frame

phrase

  • 1Be (or not be) eligible.

    ‘he is back in the frame for a sensational team comeback’
    • ‘United were in the frame to win the league for the first time in 14 years when it was discovered in mid-July that the points scoring system had been incorrectly interpreted.’
    • ‘‘It has obviously been a long time to be out of the England side but I felt that if I bowled well this season I would be in the frame, even though I am not on a central contract,’ said Silverwood.’
    • ‘He was dropped from the Test side after that game, and was out of the frame for the rest of the series.’
    • ‘Heaven knows what they are making of speculation that he is in the frame for a Scotland call-up.’
    • ‘If they decide the course cannot hold the meeting then it will move - and York is in the frame.’
    • ‘Here's a list of the people, shows and things that were in the frame for the Cult TV Awards in 2005.’
    • ‘She was one of five contenders from across the south who were in the frame.’
    • ‘Who Morecambe will meet in the play-offs is still anybody's guess, with three points covering all four teams in the frame.’
    • ‘Colchester is in the frame for hundreds of new Government jobs earmarked to be shifted out of the capital and into the districts.’
    • ‘He has always been in the frame, but that said I'm going to look at the make-up of the squad and we will see if there is place for him.’
    1. 1.1 Be wanted (or not wanted) by the police.
      ‘he was always in the frame for the killing’
      • ‘Took a call from a raging Jack last night, who'd heard his old pal Lord Watson was in the frame for a mystery fire at the ‘afters’ party.’
      • ‘When children start getting attacked it is Walter who is in the frame.’
      • ‘But he added: ‘The only person who could have been in the frame for it is now dead.’’
      • ‘But he said that no one visited by police so far was in the frame for the disturbing sex attack that took place in the churchyard of St Oswald's in Fulford Road, Fulford.’
      • ‘I think there were a few suspects and I was in the frame, but the landlords didn't know until New Year's Eve.’
      • ‘His defence barrister said Mrs William's ‘risky’ lifestyle could have led to a number of people being in the frame for her murder.’