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keep (someone) in the loop
To keep someone informed about and/or involved in something, such as a plan or project, especially that which involves or pertains to a specific group. We've hired a new intern to help you with data entry, so be sure to keep her in the loop about the project.
be kept in the loop
To be kept informed about and/or involved in something, such as a plan or project, especially that which involves or pertains to a specific group. We've hired a new intern to help you with the data entry portion of the study, so be sure she's kept in the loop.
be in the loop
To be informed about and/or involved in something, such as a plan or project, especially that which involves or pertains to a specific group. We've hired a new intern to help you with data entry, so she needs to be in the loop about the project too.
in the loop
Informed and/or actively participating in something, such as an ongoing discussion or project, typically involving many people. Please keep Sarah in the loop so she can continue to advise us on the legal ramifications. I'm afraid I haven't been in the loop on this project. Can you bring me up to speed?
knock (one) for a loop
1. To impact one with physical force, either intentionally or unintentionally, resulting in pain, disorientation, etc. He wasn't going very fast at all, but it still knocked me for a loop when the cyclist ran into me.
2. To shock, surprise, astonish, or bewilder one. The end of that trick always knocks the audience for a loop. I love watching their faces as they desperately try to figure it out. It really knocked Stu for a loop when Olivia announced she was leaving the company.
throw (one) for a loop
1. To impact one with physical force, either intentionally or unintentionally, resulting in pain, disorientation, etc. He wasn't going very fast at all, but it still threw me for a loop when the cyclist ran into me.
2. To shock, surprise, astonish, or bewilder one. The end of that trick always throws the audience for a loop. I love watching their faces as they desperately try to figure it out. It really threw Stu for a loop when Olivia announced she was leaving the company.
out of the loop
Not privy to the most up-to-date information. I'm sorry, what is this we're discussing? I'm a little out of the loop. They tried to keep the boss out of the loop about their scheme, but she found out about it anyway.
loop the loop
1. noun A flight maneuver in which an aircraft flies in a complete vertical circle. (Usually hyphenated.) I loved going to air shows as a kid, and I always dreamed of doing loop-the-loops in an airplane when I grew up.
2. verb To fly an aircraft in a complete vertical circle. I thought I was going to throw up when the pilot looped the loop with our little biplane.
slang Severely intoxicated with drugs or alcohol. We all got pretty loop-legged at the staff party, so no one was feeling particularly productive in the office the next day. Jenny must have taken something at the party, because she is acting totally loop-legged.
1. A spice cake containing fruit and nuts. Often used as a humorous reference because it is often deemed unappetizing. Just give me a minute to cut up the fruitcake. Need a doorstop? Try this fruitcake!
2. slang Someone who is odd or wacky. What conspiracy theory is that old fruitcake blathering on about now?
3. offensive slang A derogatory term for a male who is homosexual or otherwise non-heterosexual or considered effeminate.
slang Someone prone to behaving in a clumsy, cloddish manner. Of course he broke the vase—that guy is such a fruit loop.
in the loop
Fig. in the group of persons communicating regularly about a specific plan or project. I don't know what's going on with the Jones deal since I'm not in the loop. Bob and Jean are in the loop. They can tell you what's happening.
knock someone for a loop
1. Fig. to strike someone hard. You really knocked me for a loop. I hope that was an accident. DI was really knocked for a loop by the falling branch.
2. and throw someone for a loop Fig. to confuse or shock someone. (This is more severe and upsetting than throw someone a curve.) When Bill heard the news, it threw him for a loop. The manager knocked Bob for a loop by firing him on the spot.
in the loop
Provided with information and included in a decision-making process. For example, She's new to the board, but be sure to keep her in the loop. This expression uses loop in the sense of "a circle of individuals among whom information or responsibility circulates." The antonym out of the loop, meaning "left out of such a circle," dates from the same period. For example, The chairman was consistently leaving Chris out of the loop. [1970s]
knock for a loop
Also, throw for a loop; knock down or over with a feather ; knock sideways. Overcome with surprise or astonishment, as in The news of his death knocked me for a loop, or Being fired without any warning threw me for a loop, or Jane was knocked sideways when she found out she won. The first two of these hyperbolic colloquial usages, dating from the first half of the 1900s, allude to the comic-strip image of a person pushed hard enough to roll over in the shape of a loop. The third hyperbolic term, often put as You could have knocked me down with a feather, intimating that something so light as a feather could knock one down, dates from the early 1800s; the fourth was first recorded in 1925.
out of the loop
see under in the loop.
in the loop
COMMON If someone is in the loop, they are part of a group of people who have information about a particular thing. The vice president was almost certainly in the loop. In future we must ensure that the Congress is fully in the loop. Note: If someone is out of the loop, they do not make or know about important decisions. He is out of the inner loop, and not happy about it.
throw someone for a loopor
knock someone for a loopAMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone or something throws you for a loop or knocks you for a loop, they shock you or surprise you very much. If Kravis's offer had thrown him for a loop, Johnson wasn't letting it show. She was wearing a top hat, the sight of which knocked Jamie for a loop.
in (or out of) the loopaware (or unaware) of information known to only a limited number of people. informal
1998 Times An insider suggests to a favoured, helpful journalist that the said minister is out of the loop and on the skids.
throw (or knock) someone for a loopsurprise or astonish someone; catch someone off guard. North American
be in the ˈloop,
be out of the ˈloop(informal, especially American English) be part of a group of people that is dealing with something important; not be part of this group: A lot of people want to be in the loop on this operation. ♢ Lawton had gradually been cut out of the information loop.
knock/throw somebody for a ˈloop(American English, informal) shock or surprise somebody: The result of the election knocked most people for a loop.
ˌloop the ˈloopfly or make a plane fly in a circle going up and down: The plane looped the loop then disappeared into the distance.
1. n. a silly-acting person. (Also a term of address.) You can be such a silly fruitcake sometimes.
2. n. a male homosexual. (Rude and derogatory. An elaboration of fruit.) We went into this bar, but it was filled with fruitcakes, so we left.
3. and fruit loop n. a foolish oaf. (Someone who is as nutty as a fruitcake. Fruit loop is borrowed from the cereal of the same [protected trade] name.) What a fruitcake! Doesn’t even know where his head is at. Out of the way, fruit loop.
mod. alcohol intoxicated. She has this strange tendency to get a little loop-legged when she has four or five drinks.
throw someone for a loop
tv. to confuse or surprise someone. Don’t let this question throw you for a loop.
in the loop
Part of a group that is kept up-to-date with information about something: knew about the merger because she's in the loop.
out of the loop
Not part of a group that is kept up-to-date with information about something.
in/out of the loop
Privy to information and included in making a decision, or not. The “loop” referred to is a group of persons among whom information circulates and who make decisions. Dating from the 1970s, these terms are frequently used in a business context. A New York Times headline about women not being included read “Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley” (April 19, 2010). Or, “He’s new to the job so please be sure to keep him in the loop.” An earlier synonym for the positive phrase is in the know, meaning privy to special information and dating from the late nineteenth century.