land in

land someone in something

to cause someone to end up in something. His criminal activity finally landed him in jail. You really landed yourself in a fine mess!
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land in something

 
1. Lit. [for an airplane] to return to earth in or near a particular city. We landed in Chicago on time. They could not land in San Francisco, so they flew on to Sacramento.
2. Fig. [for someone] to end up in something, such as a mess, jail, trouble, etc. If you don't mend your ways, you're going to land in jail! Andy is going to land in hot water if he doesn't start paying his bills.
3. [for an airplane] to make a landing in something, such as bad weather, darkness, daylight, fog, etc. You can't land this plane in fog like this. The novice pilot is not capable of landing in the dark.
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land in

Also, land up. Arrive at, end in something. For example, This situation could land you in a terrible mess, or I never thought I'd land up with a reward for excellence. These expressions both employ land in the sense of "to end," a usage dating from the late 1600s.
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land in

v.
1. To come down and settle in something after traveling through the air: The fly landed in my soup.
2. To arrive in some situation or condition as a result of a course of action: I landed in court after they fired me.
3. To cause someone or something to arrive in some situation or condition: The company's poor fiscal policies landed it in bankruptcy.
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References in classic literature ?
she said; "he didn't own the land in father's time, nor yours either, before I was married.
Kimho Ma is scheduled to land in Phnom Penh later this week as we go to press.
They can't land in Cochrane on a regular basis to pick up nobody or one person.
The promised land in our times remains the economic powerhouse of the United States, which each year draws thousands, legally or otherwise, to its shores.
It's hard to find a big chunk of land in the middle of a densely populated area,'' he said.
British Columbia: During 2005-Q4, we signed a farm-in agreement to earn a 40% working interest in five-and-a-half sections of land in two prospects by drilling two commitment wells.
Western Wireless' combined cellular and PCS licenses, along with its investment in Cook Inlet PCS, cover about 59 percent of the land in the continental United States plus the Hawaiian Islands.