Definition of in (or into) the groove in US English:

in (or into) the groove

phrase

informal
  • 1Performing consistently well or confidently.

    ‘it might take me a couple of races to get back into the groove’
    • ‘They were, of course, splendid, well into the groove.’
    • ‘While he started out shaky, as he's done in his previous performances, he got into the groove quickly and stuck with it through the end of the song.’
    • ‘‘It's been tough all year to get in the groove and get confident,’ he says.’
    • ‘The prospect of having just one week to pick themselves up, repair shattered morale, and get everyone back into the groove before taking on Clare in the first round of the championship was uninviting to say the very least.’
    • ‘A musician himself, he first discusses the experiences had by musicians who are in the groove, who are performing at their peak as it all comes together.’
    • ‘After a few days of getting lost, and teachers starting to know my name based on that simple fact, I eventually got into the groove of things.’
    • ‘As a result both have had periods where goals have proved hard to come by, but the pair look to be back in the groove and it has certainly given him reason to be confident about what the team can achieve this season.’
    • ‘He has resorted to that long putter to get his performances back into the groove.’
    • ‘If I don't work out for a few days, I don't want to get back into the groove for a week sometimes and then WHEN I get back to it, my strength and fitness has really fallen off and it's a big drag to try to get back to the level you were at.’
    • ‘I'm sure I'll be a bit rusty on the first couple of stages, but it won't take long to get back into the groove.’
    1. 1.1 Indulging in relaxed and spontaneous enjoyment, especially dancing.
      ‘get into the groove!’
      • ‘The young performers had their proud parents beaming and the other guests charmed once they got into the groove.’
      • ‘It's that time of the year when students like to get into the groove.’
      • ‘The gathering getting into the groove couldn't have asked for more than the heady mix of these two performers on a single platform.’
      • ‘Switch it off and head out because Montreal's dance scene is finally getting back into the groove after a long summer drought.’
      • ‘Just as the music-loving crowd, a majority of them youngsters, were getting into the groove with some static jiving, the stars arrived.’
      • ‘Head to the snowy slopes this winter and get into the groove with some skiing as this week's fab gear swishes and slides through the winter wonderland of the ski suit.’
      • ‘Feel the rhythm and get into the groove.’
      • ‘Once she got into the groove, she started to smile and play happily and run through the garden in the late afternoon screaming at the top of her lungs into the wind just for fun.’
      • ‘Just as the crowd was getting into the groove - the band had just played a fantastic jazz number that truly showed off their wealth of musical talent - the performance ended.’
      • ‘The pop and rap stars of the future get into the groove from 7.30 pm.’