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order in American and Australian English

Meaning: If you order in, you order food from a take-away restaurant and have it delivered to your home or office.

Synonym: order out

For example:

  • order sth in Have you ordered some food in for the staff who're working late?

  • order in sth Let's order in some pizza. I can't be bothered cooking tonight.

Nouns often used as objects with
order in: pizza, hamburger, fried chicken, soda, juice

Variety: This is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Last night we called and ordered in
  1. a pizza delivery boy
  2. a pizza restaurant
  3. a seafood pizza

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