in the melting pot

in the melting pot

In a state of continuous or likely change; having an uncertain outcome. Most often used in relation to sports. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. A late goal by the team's captain put the game back in the melting pot, forcing the former champions back on the defensive. They announced that a new show would be coming to television next spring, though the format is still in the melting pot at the moment.
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in the melting pot

mainly BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If something is in the melting pot, it is constantly changing, so that you do not know what will finally happen to it. Their fate is still in the melting pot, and much suffering may lie ahead. The game was still in the melting pot with 15 minutes to go when Colleary scored. Note: A `melting pot' is a container in which metal is melted down before being made into new objects.
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in the ˈmelting pot

(especially British English) likely to change; in the process of changing: The project is in the melting pot at the moment, so we’d better wait for a while before we make any decisions.
A melting pot is a container in which different kinds of metal are melted and mixed together.
See also: melt, pot
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