inside out


: in such a manner that the inner surface becomes the outer
turned the shirt inside out
: to a thorough degree
knows the subject inside out
: in or into a state of disarray often involving drastic reorganization
turned the business inside out

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inside out was circa 1600

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“Inside out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

inside out

: in such a way that the inner surface becomes the outer
: to a thorough degree
knows the family history inside out

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