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.’
    • ‘Anyone who buys this album expecting gentle country wailing will be in for the rudest of shocks.’
    • ‘CBI members must have known what they were in for when they elected him.’
    • ‘I had no clue what to expect, and I certainly didn't know what I was in for.’
    • ‘However, the two of them were in for quite a startling surprise.’
    • ‘I had to feel slightly sorry for the die-hard fans among them who didn't know yet what they were in for.’
    • ‘I shuddered inwardly, knowing what I was in for.’
    • ‘But the critics who long for Johnson's departure may be in for an unpleasant surprise.’
    • ‘If he were to visit the shabby military compound, he might be in for an unpleasant surprise.’
    • ‘These fine visitors, I thought, were in for what I can only describe as a culinary comeuppance.’
    due for, in line for, likely to receive
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    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.’
      • ‘We knew we were in for it and we had to be ready.’
      • ‘But for us, we generally have one self-defense weapon, and if that doesn't work, we could be in for it.’
      • ‘Our strength and conditioning coach came on this trip, so we knew we were in for it.’
      • ‘Walking up his driveway everything seemed normal, but when he opened the door, he knew he was in for it.’
      • ‘I knew I was in for it the moment I saw the look on his face.’
      • ‘He would surely be in for it now; running away, then causing no end of trouble.’
      • ‘By the time Artie got off the call, Gloria knew she was in for it.’
      • ‘Denise was in for it now, Carol would spread those rumours again.’
      in trouble, about to be punished, about to suffer the consequences, about to pay the price, in for a scolding
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