anything/nothing/something in it

anything in it

Any element of truth to something. We just got a tip that the mayor may not run in the fall. I want you to find out if there is anything in it.
See also: anything

nothing in it

1. No element of truth to something. We got a tip that the mayor was not going to run in the fall, but there turned out to be nothing in it—just a rumor. Oh, there's nothing in it—his words are just empty threats.
2. Describing a competition or game in which no team or participant has a clear advantage. Those two teams are so well-matched that there's nothing in it.
See also: nothing

something in it

Some element of truth to something. We just got a tip that the mayor may not run in the fall. I want you to find out if there is something in it. Don't just dismiss what he said because it sounded sarcastic—there's probably something in it.
See also: something

anything/nothing/something ˈin it

any/no/some truth in what is being said: ‘Is there anything in the story that he is leaving the company?’ ‘No, I’m sure there’s nothing in it.’/‘Yes, I think there’s something in it.’

(there’s) nothing ˈin it


1 (informal) used to talk about a contest where the competitors are level and it is hard to say who will win: Right up to the end of the game, there was nothing in it. Either team could have won.
2 (of a rumour, report, story, etc.) there’s no truth in it: There was a rumour that he was about to resign, but apparently there’s nothing in it.
See also: nothing