in and out

1 of 3


: alternately in and out
he's been in and out all day
: to the last detail : exhaustively, thoroughly
understands his business in and out
knew each other in and outVirginia Woolf

in and out

2 of 3


: an obstacle found in fox hunting and steeplechasing consisting of two fences in close proximity but impossible to clear in the same jump


3 of 3


: now good and now bad in performance
an in-and-out showingWilliams Alumni Review
: characterized by purchase and sale of the same security within a short period
in-and-out trading

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“In and out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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