Naked; bare-ass, buck naked, in the altogether: There we stood, in the buff and abysmally embarrassed
[1960s+; in buff, ”in the bare skin,” is found by 1602]
see: in the altogether
- In the case of
Regarding, in the matter of, in that instance. For example, In the case of James, they decided to promote him to the next grade. [ Late 1300s ] Also see: in case, def. 2.
- In the catbird seat
Related Terms sit in the catbird seat
- In the clutch
adverb phrase At the moment when heroic performance under pressure is needed: He’s a good one to have around in the clutch [1920s+; probably a baseball term originally]
- In the cold light of day
Dispassionately, unemotionally, especially at a later time. For example, They had a terrible fight about the mix-up, but in the cold light of day they realized they were both at fault. This expression transfers the illumination of daylight to rational understanding and uses cold to emphasize the lack of passion.