from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Repeatedly within the same or closely related stocks: to breed pigs in-and-in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old game played with four dice, a double being referred to as "in" and two doubles as "in-and-in".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Applied to breeding from a male and female of the same parentage. See under breeding.
  • n. An old game played with four dice. In signified a doublet, or two dice alike; in-and-in, either two doubles, or the four dice alike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • From animals of the same parentage; from animals closely related by blood: as, to breed in-and-in.
  • With constant interaction of any kind.
  • n. An old gambling game played by two or three persons with four dice, each person having a box.


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  • Rickety dwellings of undoubted fashion, but of a capacity to hold nothing comfortably except a dismal smell, looked like the last result of the great mansions' breeding in-and-in; and, where their little supplementary bows and balconies were supported on thin iron columns, seemed to be scrofulously resting upon crutches.

    —Dickens, Little Dorrit, ch. 27

    August 27, 2010