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
Recent Examples on the Web In the theme’s reprise, the upper line moves from the first cello to the viola, and the piece sings from the inside out. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "The Irresistible Beauty of Schubert," 2 Nov. 2019 But the payoff, in the end, is less surprising and compelling than the setting: a country that, in le Carré’s portrayal, seems to be decaying from the inside out. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "John le Carré’s Scathing Tale of Brexit Britain," 26 Oct. 2019 The high tech system helps doctors better perform surgery and gives a young patient and their family a better way to understand their condition from the inside out. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville parents can now step into their kid's brain with this lifesaving technology," 24 Oct. 2019 Brakes go on, chase the quarterback from the inside out. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football 'salt and pepper' defensive end duo rise to occasion," 23 Oct. 2019 Here Morris shows us them from the inside out, filtered through his daily life and the people and places that helped shape him., "‘Out Loud’ pulls aside the curtain on the life and work of Mark Morris - The Boston Globe," 18 Oct. 2019 Over the past two years, local developer Flywheel Capital has reconstructed Circa West from the inside out. Liv Sotheby's International Realty, The Denver Post, "Circa West condominiums offer grand opportunity with a petite price tag," 3 Oct. 2019 When those eggs hatch, the hungry wasp larvae devour the nymphs from the inside out. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "We Must Destroy the Spotted Lanternfly, a Useless Garbage Insect," 20 Sep. 2019 And yet the traditional taxidermy tale, the form that Vuong invokes and Arnett turns inside out, tends to provoke horror, not sadness. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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“Inside out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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