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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Some fans think that mark is like a virus, polluting Bran from the inside out. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "These Weird White Walker Symbols Might Be Hints About Bran Becoming the Night King," 26 Apr. 2019 In 2015, Saks started a $250 million renovation project, turning itself inside out to embody Metrick’s new luxury. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 Not too cringy, like realizing both your shirt and pants are on inside out and backwards before going into a huge meeting. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Premiere's Most Cringe-Inducing References to Colton’s Virginity, Ranked," 7 Jan. 2019 The advantage to inside out tracking is it can be easily moved from room to room. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges," 19 Mar. 2019 Tawada turns sentence structures inside out, just like that white glove. New York Times, "After Disaster, Japan Seals Itself Off From the World in ‘The Emissary’," 17 Apr. 2018 All the hand-washing and disinfectant in the world can’t compare to getting a vaccine meant to protect you from the inside out. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These 7 Things at Your Office Are Especially Germy," 22 Feb. 2019 Left back Ashley Young was turned inside out in the opening exchanges against Panama, while Raheem Sterling continues to struggle for form up front., "An Urgent Message to England Fans at the World Cup - Please Calm Down & Get Real!," 27 June 2018 Next comes a hefty layer of hyaluronic acid serum, like Dr. Nigma's elixir, packed with marine peptides to plump skin from the inside out. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Skincare Cures for Erasing All Signs of a Holiday Hangover," 26 Nov. 2018

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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