let (someone or something) in(to) (some place)

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let (someone or something) in(to) (some place)

To allow or permit someone or something to enter into some place or event. Will you please let me into the show? My whole family is in there already! Don't let that stray cat in the house—it could be diseased.
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let someone or something into something

 and let someone or something in
to permit someone or something to enter something or some place; to make it possible for someone or something to enter something or some place. Would you let Ed into his room? He forgot his key. Please let in the dog.
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let in

1. To allow someone or something to enter some place; admit someone or something: We don't usually let the cat in the house. I opened a window to let in some fresh air. There was no answer at the door, so I got the key from under the mat and let myself in.
2. let in for To make oneself subject or vulnerable to something: I didn't know the trouble I was letting myself in for when I accepted that invitation.
3. let in on To tell someone something that has been kept private: I'll let you in on a secret if you promise not to tell anyone. They won't let me in on their plans.
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They knocked; an elderly black man -- looking "sad and scared," Lewis says -- refused to let them in. His wife came to the door and relented.
Raffaello de' Medici wrote: "When I had the door opened to let them in, because already a large number of people were beginning to ruti over, there was such a rush by some to go in with them, that it was necessary that the Germans [guards] use the poles of their halberds." Raffaello remained outside as guard to let the rest of the party in, but finally he too entered the door "before the fury of the people grew further.