in phase


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in phase (with someone or something)

Happening, functioning, or moving at the same time and pace as someone or something else; in tandem. If your teammates aren't in phase with one another, you're going to have a hard time getting this project done. We have to make sure that the water pressure remains in phase with the air pressure, or we'll end up with a dangerous differential.
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in phase

Also, in sync. In a correlated or synchronized way; in accord, in harmony. For example, If everyone were in phase we could step up the schedule, or John and Pat often say the same thing at the same time; their minds are perfectly in sync . Both versions of this idiom refer to physical phenomena. The first, dating from the second half of the 1800s, alludes to being at the same stage in a series of movements. The second, a slangy abbreviation of synchronization dating from the mid-1900s, alludes to exact coincidence in the time or rate of movement. Also see in step; phase in; for the antonym, see out of phase.
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in ˈphase/out of ˈphase (with something)

(British English) working/not working together in the right way: The traffic lights were out of phase.
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in phase

In a correlated or synchronized way.
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