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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Influenced by Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, the Wall House is minimalist from the inside out, defined by planes in three dimensions and intended to put the Alice Ball House on center stage. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "‘Livable version’ of Philip Johnson’s Glass House hits the market," 13 Sep. 2018 The Sinner approaches the murder mystery puzzle box from the inside outPeter Kramer/USA Network The Sinner is structured like an anthology, setting up a new case each season to be solved by Bill Pullman’s Detective Harry Ambrose. Karen Han, Vox, "The Sinner is the rare murder mystery that doesn’t care whodunnit. Instead, it asks, “Why?”," 31 July 2018 My birth doula likened the surgical repair for a 4th degree tear to an intricate embroidery of many layers of tissue and muscle, a repair that heals from the inside out to bring back the integral components of the pelvic floor musculature. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 Instagram likes won't actually build you up from the inside out. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Guide to Finding Your Self-Confidence and Dealing with Negative Thoughts," 7 Aug. 2018 Turn the t-shirt inside out, then sew the bottom hems shut. Good Housekeeping, "How to Make an Eco-Chic Shopping Bag," 4 Jan. 2011 Investigators found Honable's body partially on the floor, a pocket inside out and his head on the couch in a pool of blood. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Murder trial begins for young woman who shot aspiring rapper in Cinco Ranch home," 12 July 2018 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

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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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