Thursday, September 6, 2012

in store: Entry for Thursday, September 6, 2012.

in store
Some people say things like “he is in store for a surprise on his birthday” when they mean he is in line for a surprise. The metaphor is not based on the image of going shopping in a store but of encountering something which has been stored up for you, so the correct form would be “a surprise is in store for him on his birthday.”

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