Definition of move in on in English:

move in on

phrasal verb

  • 1Approach, especially so as to take action.

    ‘the police moved in on him’
    • ‘You can see police just moving in on the hostage-taker.’
    • ‘Days after he made this statement in a sermon, police and the army moved in on him.’
    • ‘A group of immigration police officers moved in on the pair and arrested both men after finding drugs in their possession.’
    • ‘Last week police moved in on the tiger farm, ranked among the biggest in the world.’
    • ‘Municipal police moved in on the suspect.’
    • ‘Police called for back-up and moved in on the school children and their parents.’
    • ‘The new laws will allow the police to move in on people who are causing anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘Riot police move in on the protesters.’
    • ‘Police moved in on one of perpetrators as she was shopping at the Royal Garden Plaza.’
    • ‘After investigations, police moved in on a house in Marabella earlier this week, where they seized bogus US currency and arrested two men.’
    1. 1.1 Become involved with so as to take control of or put pressure on.
      ‘the bank did not usually move in on doubtful institutions until they were almost bankrupt’
      • ‘Cable companies are aggressively moving in on phone customers by offering an alternative service using Internet technology.’
      • ‘The rebels then moved in on this boarding school for war orphans, kidnapping 51 boys and nine girls along with two adults.’
      • ‘Privatisation of education was this week put in the spotlight with the National Union of Teachers threatening strike action not just over performance related pay, but also over big business moving in on the classroom.’
      • ‘When David inevitably piles up a debt he can't pay, Tony moves in on his business, sucking it dry and draining his son's college fund.’
      • ‘Thus rhetoric encompassed literary study, whether historical or critical; and before long, it was moving in on philosophy and linguistics.’
      • ‘Of the four traditional pillars of the financial services industries - banking, insurance, securities and trusts - banks now dominate three, and are moving in on the last one, insurance.’
      • ‘Cab drivers at Manchester Airport are threatening legal action after a rival firm moved in on Terminal 3 and bypassed local authority licence control by setting up like a bus company.’
      • ‘There are vested interests resistant to a private for-profit company moving in on such public provision.’