in store

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in store

  1. In readiness, in preparation for future use, as in I'm keeping several videos in store for your visit. Edmund Spenser used this idiom in The Faerie Queene (1590): "Then for her son . . . In her own hand the crown she kept in store." [1300s]

  2. in store for. Forthcoming for, awaiting, as in There's trouble in store for you. [Mid-1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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