inside out


Definition of inside out 

1 : in such a manner that the inner surface becomes the outer turned the shirt inside out

2 : to a thorough degree knows the subject inside out

3 : in or into a state of disarray often involving drastic reorganization turned the business inside out

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Examples of inside out in a Sentence

after 20 years of employment there, he has come to know the company inside out

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Stewart still possesses a keen sense of how to interpret and own a song -- whether written by him or other songwriters -- and make listeners feel it from the inside out. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Rod Stewart Announces New Album, Proves He's 'Forever Young' at Hollywood Bowl," 27 June 2018 His pockets were turned inside out, and his cell phone was missing, according to Harris County District Clerk records. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man charged with capital murder in shooting in north Houston alley," 12 Mar. 2018 Coover snaps on a latex glove and reaches up into literature’s bunghole, as if to turn the whole project inside out. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Experiments Succeed — and Fail — Spectacularly in Robert Coover’s Lab," 12 Feb. 2018 This also seasons it from the inside out, concentrating the flavor. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "4 Weeknight Dinner Recipes for When Your Fridge Is Overflowing with Produce," 25 June 2018 Saturday during the KC Masterpiece 400, William Byron, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick were driving three-wide – from the inside out – on the 1.5-mile track when the rookie Byron’s No. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Rookie NASCAR driver calls fiery multi-car wreck his 'hardest hit' yet," 15 May 2018 In addition to creating a brand document that everyone in the company knows inside out, the co-founders have made a point to brand all of their touchpoints—from fictional holiday called Skimm Day to their brand ambassadors (Skimm’bassadors). Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Founders of theSkimm, Rent the Runway, and Other Badass Women Share Their Top 5 Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs," 15 Feb. 2018 Flannery is turning the GE business model inside out, betting that a smaller, more focused company can get back to producing the reliable earnings and revenue growth that once made the company a safe Wall Street investment., "The week in business," 30 June 2018 But while topicals have their place, years of interviewing skincare experts, polling readers, and test-driving zit-zappers has lead me to realize acne is best treated from the inside out. Elizabeth Dehn, Marie Claire, "Got Acne? Try Apple Cider Vinegar.," 14 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of inside out

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inside out was circa 1600

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Kids Definition of inside out

1 : in such a way that the inner surface becomes the outer Your shirt is inside out.

2 : in or into a confused or disorganized state The room was turned inside out.

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