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. A: "Is there anything in it?" B: "Of course not, it's just a vicious rumor!" Well, we don't print fiction here, so you'll need to do some more research and find out if there's anything in it—if not, we can't report this story.
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
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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
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