in the market for

in the market

Currently having the goal of acquiring 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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in the market for (something)

Currently having the goal of acquiring 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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*in the market (for something)

Fig. wanting to buy something. (*Typically: be ~; find oneself ~.) I'm in the market for a new camera. If you have a boat for sale, we're in the market.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in the market for

Wanting to possess, eager to have, seeking. For example, The crowd was in the market for more entertainment, or I'm sure he's in the market for another fast car. [Early 1900s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in the market

Interested in buying: We are in the market for a used car.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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