in analysis* in arrears* in captivity* in clover in comfort in credit in custody* in debt* in deficit* in detention in exile* in hibernation* in hiding* in hock in luxury in obscurity* in peace in poverty* in purdah* in quarantine* in recovery in remission* in retirement* in service in solitary in solitary confinement in therapy* in traction in the black* in the lap of luxury in the limelight* in the red* in the spotlight* in a rut
The 'captivity', 'comfort', and 'debt' groupThese nouns refer to the situation that a person or animal is living in. This includes:
being punished or ill-treated e.g. in captivity, in custody
being wealthy or comfortable e.g. in comfort, in the lap of luxury
being famous or unknown e.g. in obscurity, in the limelight
working or not working e.g. in retirement, in service
being ill or not e.g. in remission, in traction
having enough or not enough money e.g. in credit, in debt
An American hostage has been released by his kidnappers after more than three years in captivity.
Yes, I did drive a Rolls and lived in luxury because that's what people expected of me.
Because of the lack of a proper career structure within television, I got stuck in a rut for quite a while.
The nouns marked with an asterisk (*) also have the pattern into N.
He has now been thrust into the limelight with a high-profile job just four months after joining Radio 1 as a trainee on an equal opportunities scheme.
Whether the groups gain new support or fade back into obscurity remains to be seen.