inside out

adverb
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

Examples of inside out in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of inside out

circa 1600


INSIDE OUT Defined for Kids

inside out

adverb

Definition of inside out for Students

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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