Definition of be in for in English:

be in for


  • 1Have good reason to expect (something, typically something unpleasant)

    ‘she's in for a shock’
    • ‘Unless I get this message across, large numbers of you will be in for a shock when your February bill arrives.’
    • ‘I had no clue what to expect, and I certainly didn't know what I was in for.’
    • ‘Anyone who buys this album expecting gentle country wailing will be in for the rudest of shocks.’
    • ‘I shuddered inwardly, knowing what I was in for.’
    • ‘CBI members must have known what they were in for when they elected him.’
    • ‘But the critics who long for Johnson's departure may be in for an unpleasant surprise.’
    • ‘I had to feel slightly sorry for the die-hard fans among them who didn't know yet what they were in for.’
    • ‘However, the two of them were in for quite a startling surprise.’
    • ‘These fine visitors, I thought, were in for what I can only describe as a culinary comeuppance.’
    • ‘If he were to visit the shabby military compound, he might be in for an unpleasant surprise.’
    due for, in line for, likely to receive
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1be in for it Have good reason to expect trouble or retribution.
      • ‘He looked a little hot around the collar, then his eyes narrowed and the corners of his mouth tilted up in an expression that told her she was in for it.’
      • ‘But whatever's wrong you two had better work it out before Adrien finds out or you'll both be in for it.’
      • ‘I knew I was in for it the moment I saw the look on his face.’
      • ‘Denise was in for it now, Carol would spread those rumours again.’
      • ‘Walking up his driveway everything seemed normal, but when he opened the door, he knew he was in for it.’
      • ‘By the time Artie got off the call, Gloria knew she was in for it.’
      • ‘He would surely be in for it now; running away, then causing no end of trouble.’
      • ‘But for us, we generally have one self-defense weapon, and if that doesn't work, we could be in for it.’
      • ‘We knew we were in for it and we had to be ready.’
      • ‘Our strength and conditioning coach came on this trip, so we knew we were in for it.’
      in trouble, about to be punished, about to suffer the consequences, about to pay the price, in for a scolding
      View synonyms