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phrasal verb [transitive] [never progressive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhave in
he/she/ithas in
present participlehaving in
past tensehad in
past participlehad in
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  1. 1

    have in


    have got in

    have someone in if you have someone in, they come to your house, office, factory etc to do some work there

    They’ve got the builders in this week.

    We’ve had the health and safety inspectors in, asking all sorts of questions.

  2. 2
    have someone in British if you have a friend or neighbour in, they come to your house and have a meal or a drink with you

    We’re having a few people in for drinks on Saturday.

  3. 3

    have in


    have got in

    have something in British to have a supply of something that you regularly use in your house, for example food, drink, or fuel

    Stay for lunch; we’ve got plenty of food in.

  4. 4

    have in


    have got in

    have something in if a shop has something in, it is available in the shop for you to buy

    We’ll have some more guide books in next week.

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