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the jury is still out

Meaning: We can say the jury is still out when a decision still hasn't been made about something.

For example:

  • It was a terrible mistake, and the jury's still out on whether Bob will lose his job over it, or not.

  • The jury's still out on who's going to be the new CEO, but we should find out soon.

Origin: Metaphorical, and based on the fact that in many legal trials, the result of the trial isn't known until a jury has finished discussing the case and making a decision. Until then, we say that "the jury is still out".

Quick Quiz:

The jury's still out on whether the new drug works because
  1. the jury is still doing some tests
  2. people being tested aren't getting sick
  3. the test results are still being analysed

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