|in the slammer
||in jail, in prison
||Marv's been in the slammer four times. He knows prison life.
|in the tank
||in jail, in prison, in the slammer
||While he was in the tank, he studied science and history.
|in the throes
||in the middle of some work, caught up in a process
||We're in the throes of repairing an old house. What a job!
|in the wink of an eye
||very quickly, in a split second
||In the wink of an eye, the coin disappeared from the man's hand.
|in the works
||in the plans, to be built
||I've heard there's a housing project in the works.
|in the worst way
||very much, a lot
||Hal wants a Porsche in the worst way. He loves sports cars.
|in these parts
||in this part of the country; neck of the woods
||We haven't seen a bear in these parts for years.
||before the deadline, within the time limit
||The check arrived just in time. We flew to Hawaii the next day.
||phone or write a letter, keep in touch
||Have you been in touch with your family in China?
||in a difficult battle, against a tough opponent
||If you play Ivan in the tennis tournament, you'll be in tough.