adverb

  • 1Expressing movement with the result that someone or something becomes enclosed or surrounded by something else.

    ‘come in’
    ‘presently the admiral breezed in’
    ‘bring it in’
    • ‘I had no idea he was going to be there until he walked in with his girlfriend.’
    • ‘Two weeks later, I had another appointment in the city and I was supposed to go in with my son again.’
    • ‘There he burst in on an astonished young American couple and ran past them into a bedroom.’
    • ‘They were finally caught out when one brother got their shifts mixed up and walked in on a romantic meal for two.’
    • ‘He was in New York for the premiere of Tommy in 1975 and had decided to pop in on his admirer while he was in town.’
    • ‘I was the one who didn't want to get too serious, so I was surprised when he asked me to move in with him.’
    • ‘The phone line for the office was put in on time and later today I am hoping to set up my internet connection.’
    • ‘If you'd been here an hour ago, you'd have seen the girl come in with her friend.’
    • ‘Apparently, we are going to be able to put plastic in with our cans and bottles.’
    • ‘I think the child had been feeding the ducks when he fell in.’
    • ‘The story goes that he was working in a café one night when a pop star popped in for some grub.’
    • ‘Mr Gilburn, who failed to appear in court, is thought to have moved in with a friend who lives locally.’
    • ‘Within the walls of the medina, the buildings close in on you, and you are taken into cool shadow.’
    • ‘‘Anna! Are you alright?’ Evan asked, jumping in after me.’
    • ‘Teams are reminded that bonus points are not awarded when the result card is not sent in on time.’
    • ‘The we went in and sat down and lots of other people were there.’
    inside, indoors, into the interior, into the building, into the house, into the room, within
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  • 2Expressing the situation of being enclosed or surrounded by something.

    ‘we were locked in’
    • ‘Cases of domestic violence rose as families stayed in on New Year's Eve to avoid the bad weather.’
    • ‘Kathy gave me a cup of tea with sugar in to help calm me.’
    • ‘Staying in on a day like this is criminal.’
    • ‘Shut in with his cronies, he sees the world as his enemy and opposition to his will as personal affront.’
    • ‘She had previously enjoyed food with nuts in, including breakfast cereals, and she had eaten chicken curries at other restaurants.’
    • ‘She turned to the government for help and they found her an apartment for her to live in.’
    • ‘We've had them for a good few years now - they were in with another box of books we bought.’
    • ‘Sixth grade was handled by general instructors, and each class was locked in with one instructor all day long.’
  • 3Expressing arrival at a destination.

    ‘the train got in very late’
    • ‘Bearing in mind the flight is due in at 11.20 pm, you'll watch its progress on the internet up to 20 minutes before it's due to land.’
    • ‘I'm a bit disappointed that my flight out is Friday afternoon, which allowing for time differences gets in at 8pm.’
    • ‘Entries must be in by 5pm.’
    • ‘Becky's train actually managed to get in on time.’
    • ‘Their first pieces of work would be due in on Wednesday or Thursday of first week.’
  • 4(of the tide) rising or at its highest level.

    • ‘The tide was in, and the breakers were a good twenty feet high when they hit the harbour wall.’
    • ‘The tide came in and floated our canoes.’
    • ‘The tide was coming in and people moved their blankets up the beach.’
    • ‘Night had fallen, and the tide was in.’
    high, at its highest level, rising
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  • 5Baseball
    (of an infielder or outfielder) playing closer to home plate than usual.

    ‘looking for a force, they brought the infield in’
    • ‘Suzuki draws infielders in, forcing them to rush throws, and takes extra bases.’
    • ‘With the outfield drawn in, Larkin slapped the ball over the head of left fielder Hunter to a spot he can, to this day, locate on the Metrodome turf.’
    1. 5.1 (of a pitch) very close to the batter.
      ‘he threw a fastball in and up a little’
      • ‘You've got two alternatives on the next pitch - fastball in or slider away.’
      • ‘He had become vulnerable to pitches in on his hands and started developing bad habits.’