Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(out of/in) the loop

in the loopout of the loop
Meaning(s)
1) unaware/aware of the information shared between a particular group
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • keep me in the loop about something
  • Analysis
     To be 'in the loop' is to be aware of information or updates on a subject that is shared by only a few people. A 'loop' is a circle, to be in the circle is to be aware of what is going on or what is happening. If you 'keep someone in the loop' you inform them of events or keep them updated on new information or events. To be 'out of the loop' is the opposite, it means to be ignorant or uninformed of things that are going on and to not be aware of what is happening. You will hear both of these terms used social and professional contexts.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I am going to delegate responsibility for this project to your team, but please keep me in the loop about any new developments.
    2. Mary had no idea what the Board were planning. Much to her disgust, she had been kept out of the loop since the start of the negotiations.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm not sure what Gerard is working at, I'm not in the loop with that group of friends any more.
    2. Keep me in the loop if you'd like me to bring anything for the party.
    3. I might be able to make it to the cinema on Friday after all. Keep me in the loop with your plans!
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