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be plugged in

To be directly or very closely involved in, attuned to, or enthusiastic about some scene, setting, or environment. When it comes to the art scene, no one is more plugged in than my wife. I used to be a huge heavy metal fan, but I haven't really been plugged in since college. You have to be pretty plugged in to get ahead in the business world.
See also: plug

plugged in, be

Be closely attuned or responsive, as in He couldn't make any important social connections because he just wasn't plugged in. The related expression be plugged into takes an object, as in These connoisseurs are plugged into the local art scene. These terms allude to inserting a plug into an electrical socket. [Colloquial; c. 1970]
See also: plug
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Once they got that authority and they actually began parsing out what a deal might look like, because of things like the disparate ROEs, the deals didn't look all that appealing, especially when they saw they could be plugged into the distribution side of the insurance business without actually having to own insurance underwriters," he said.
The industry as a whole is now embracing the new VoIP technology, which is a broad-based term that involves taking a traditional phone system and converting the phone to an IP device that can be plugged into a computer network.