picture in

picture (someone or something) in(side) (of) (something)

To create an image in one's mind of someone or something being inside of something else, such as clothes, an enclosed space, a location, etc. Picture these sofas inside our living room—wouldn't they just be perfect? The old advice for public speaking is to picture the audience in their underwear, but I don't think that really helps. Picturing myself inside of an office building for eight hours a day makes my stomach turn.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

picture someone in something

1. to form a mental picture of someone wearing something. I can just picture Tony in that baseball uniform. Can you picture yourself in a dress like this?
2. to form a mental picture of someone inside something or some place. I can just picture you in that car! Can you picture yourself in jail?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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