in the market for something

in the market for (something)

Currently having the goal of acquiring something. This phrase is often, but not always, used when someone is interested in buying a specific, often expensive, item. Is it true that you're in the market for a new car? These standing mixers are beautiful, but I'm not in the market for one right now—I hardly ever bake anymore. Sam and I only broke up a few weeks ago, so I'm not in the market for a new girlfriend just yet.
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in the market for something

COMMON If you are in the market for something, you are interested in buying it or getting it. Sadly, I'm not in the market for a luxury car. If you're in the market for a new job, this might be a good place to look.
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in the ˈmarket for something

(informal) interested in buying something: I’m not in the market for a car as expensive as that.Do you know anyone in the market for some stereo equipment?
See also: market, something