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 Carefully remove it, turn it inside out, and smoke the fur side for a few minutes. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Tanning Wild Game Pelts and Hides," 24 Dec. 2020 In a year that's been upside down and inside out, why stick with the same old dishes for Christmas dinner? Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday, December 21," 21 Dec. 2020 Warm up from the inside out with these winter-friendly recovery-drink recipes. Becky Wade, Outside Online, "The Best Cold-Weather Protein Drink Recipes," 13 Dec. 2020 At the other end, the Cougars were running their offense, and running and running and running it, quick swings from side to side, ball screens, dribble handoffs, drive and kick, playing inside out, playing outside in. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs start slow, stumble late in loss to BYU," 18 Dec. 2020 There's a final tender-loving-care moment: a pop of cayenne, which literally warms you from the inside out with each sip. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 11 Dec. 2020 Oregon might be a team built from the inside out in 2020-21. oregonlive, "Eugene Omoruyi, LJ Figueroa lead No. 21 Oregon men’s basketball past Seton Hall," 4 Dec. 2020 At Amy’s, all clothes are turned inside out, treated with the appropriate enzyme depending on the stain, separated and dried, folded to a 9-inch by 12-inch board, and then either hung or packed into bags for customers. Penelope Blackwell,, "Amid coronavirus, Westminster laundromat adds contactless dry cleaning service for Carroll County residents," 4 Dec. 2020 With the launch of JLo Beauty, Lopez hopes women embrace their beauty from the inside out at every age. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez's JLo Beauty Is Here—See Every Product," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

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“Inside out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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