1940s slang, said to have originated in the U.S. military, perhaps from alleged sexual exploits of Hollywood actor Errol Flynn.
Accepted; acceptable; belonging to a select group; in: ”Are you in or out right now?” ”I’m in like Flynn. Didn’t you notice the picture on my desk?”
[1940s+, perhaps fr US Army Air Corps; origin uncertain; perhaps merely a rhyming phrase; perhaps associated with the sexual and other exploits of the actor Errol Flynn]
- In limbo
1. In a condition of oblivion or neglect, as in They kept her application in limbo for months. [ Early 1600s ] 2. An intermediate or transitional state, as in After his editor left the firm, his book was in limbo. [ Early 1600s ] Both usages allude to the theological meaning of limbo, that […]
[in lee-mi-ne; English in lim-uh-nee] /ɪn ˈli mɪ nɛ; English ɪn ˈlɪm ə ni/ adverb, adjective, Latin. 1. on the threshold; at the outset.
[in-lahyn] /ˈɪnˌlaɪn/ noun, Printing. 1. an ornamented type with a of white or of a contrasting color running just inside the edge and following the contour of each letter. [in-lahyn, in-lahyn] /ˌɪnˈlaɪn, ˈɪnˌlaɪn/ adjective 1. (of an internal-combustion engine) having the cylinders ranged side by side in one or more rows along the crankshaft. adjective […]
[in-lahyn, in-lahyn] /ˌɪnˈlaɪn, ˈɪnˌlaɪn/ adjective 1. (of an internal-combustion engine) having the cylinders ranged side by side in one or more rows along the crankshaft. adjective 1. denoting a linked sequence of manufacturing processes 2. denoting an internal-combustion engine having its cylinders arranged in a line