Idiom:  the jury is still out

Meaning

Idiom:  the jury is still out

  • a decision or opinion hasn’t been made (because not enough information is available)

Note:  This idiom alludes to a "jury" (a group of people at a legal trial), which goes out of the courtroom to deliberate and decide whether someone is guilty or innocent of crimes. While the jury is out we don't know what they are thinking or discussing. Once they reach a decision, they come back into the courtroom to give the judge their verdict.


Example sentences

  • A:  “Are you going to Europe the summer?”  B: “The jury still out but I’ll find out if my holiday request is approved very soon.”
  • The jury is still out about the new receptionist—she's doing okay at the job but she's also been late several times this week.
  • The jury is still out about whether charter schools are better than public schools.
  • We hope the program will be successful but the jury is still out.
  • Sales have been pretty good for the new cupcake flavors but the jury is still out until we get more feedback.
  • We've invested a lot of money and time in this new product so we're anxious to know if it will be successful but the jury's still out.
  • I wish I could tell you if we're going to merge with another company but at the moment, the jury is still out.


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