on the outside

idiom

1
: on the outer side, edge, or surface of something
The number 22 car tried to pass the leader on the outside (of the track).
2
baseball : on the side of home plate farthest from the batter
The next pitch was a fastball on the outside.
3
used to describe someone's appearance
I might seem calm on the outside, but I'm actually really nervous.
4
: not in prison
He looked forward to life on the outside again.

Examples of on the outside in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The regular side of fries is a solid representation of traditional french fries — standard cut, soft potato on the inside, crunchy on the outside — and comes with a choice of three dipping sauces: ketchup, cheese or a spicy sriracha. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, 10 July 2024 Designed to look like cute pajama shorts on the outside, the Thinx Sleep Shorts have built-in period underwear on the inside. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 10 July 2024 Hass avocados are dark green and bumpy on the outside, and smooth on the inside. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 5 July 2024 Dirty Condenser Coil The condenser coil, located on the outside unit, is responsible for removing the heat from your house. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for on the outside 

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“On the outside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20outside. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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