take in (someone)


take in (someone)
take in (someone) 1. to provide a place for someone to live or stay.

His aunt took him in when his mother died.

I couldn't believe Tim wanted us to take in some guy who'd been living on the street.

2. to deceive someone.

Do you think the teacher was taken in by your excuse?

That sales pitch totally took us in.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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