in for

Idioms & Phrases

in for

  1. Guaranteed to get or have, as in We're in for a difficult time. [Late 1500s]

  2. in for it. Certain to encounter trouble or punishment, as in When Harry finds out we left early, we'll be in for it. [Late 1600s]

  3. Involved or entered for some purpose, as in We're in for the profits. [Mid-1800s] Also see have it in for; in for a penny.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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in for

certain to get or have; "he knew he was in for a licking" 
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.
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