|in the nick of time
||nearly too late, just in time, under the wire
||They jumped from the burning boat in the nick of time - just before it sank.
|in the nude
||naked, in the buff
||Sleeping in the nude has advantages and disadvantages.
|in the offing
||ready to happen, soon to be
||A great event was in the offing: the discovery of penicillin.
|in the picture
||part of the scene, a factor
||As Mr. Martin lost the election, he's not in the picture.
|in the pink
||looking and feeling healthy and happy
||Last time I saw Barb, she was in the pink. She looked great.
|in the pipe five by five
||in the chamber and ready to fire, missiles in firing position
||"Check missiles!" "In the pipe five by five, sir!"
|in the poorhouse
||poor, having little money, as poor as a church mouse
||In 1936, they were in the poorhouse. They couldn't grow crops, and nobody had a job.
|in the red
||showing a financial loss, losing money
||Last year our business was still in the red - still showing a loss.
|in the road
||blocking the way, preventing movement
||We'll have to move the table. It's in the road.
|in the running
||competitive, could win, give you a run for...
||With ten games remaining, the Expos are still in the running.
They have a chance to win.