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slot in

1. Literally, to place, fit, or insert something into a narrow opening. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "slot" and "in." You just slot in the coins and press "Start" to begin the game. He slotted the book in alongside the others on the shelf. The talented winger slotted in the pass right between the defenders and into position for his teammate to score the winning goal.
2. To be able to fit in and work very well as a part of some existing group. So far the new project manager has slotted in really well here. A lot people had doubts about her ability to replace the team's venerated goaltender, but she slotted in brilliantly straight away.
3. To merge or blend harmoniously in tandem with something. Thankfully, the job slots in pretty well with my undergraduate studies. Her research slotted in with a prevailing theory among paleontologists.
4. To make time for someone or (to do) something between other previously arranged engagements or appointments. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "slot" and "in." I know that the masseuse is particularly busy on Saturday, but I may be able to slot you in sometime after lunch. I'm trying to slot in a yoga class on Monday between my two major business meetings. I find that it really helps keep me calm and focused.
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