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circa 1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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“Ins and outs.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ins%20and%20outs. Accessed 11 December 2019.
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heavy with or as if with moisture
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