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be in the market for

To be in pursuit of 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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be in the market for something

to be interested in buying something and to have the money to be able to do so As lovely as it is, we're really not in the market for a five-bedroomed house.
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See also: market