in the loop: meaning and explanation

If you are in the loop then you are a member of the group that makes the decisions on something, or you are kept informed of these decisions.

If you are not in the loop or out of the loop, you are not part of the decision making group, or you have not been kept up to date on decisions.

This idiom is useful when talking about receiving updates on important developments or decisions – for example, you might ask someone to keep you in the loop. If you want to complain about not being updated on developments and decisions, you can say that you were not kept in the loop.

Have a go at these micro-dictation exercises to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Listening exercises

Micro-listening #1

Accent: Scotland

I’m really on the Swiss deal haven’t been .
I’m I’m not really to speed on the Swiss deal I haven’t been in the loop.

About the sentence

…I’m not really up to speed

Here is an exercise to practise the expression ‘up to speed’.

Micro-listening #2

Accent: North America

Mike .   .
I’d Mike . He’ll be you feedback .
I’d keeping Mike in the . He’ll be able give you feedback any legal .

About the sentence

…on any legal ramifications

Ramifications is a more formal alternative to consequences. e.g. We won’t know the ramifications of this decision for several days.

Micro-listening #3

Accent: England (RP)

The is he wasn’t on planned .
The of marketing is that he wasn’t in the loop on planned restructuring.

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