on the outside

Definition of on the outside

  1. 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. 2 baseball :  on the side of home plate farthest from the batter The next pitch was a fastball on the outside.

  3. 3 —used to describe someone's appearance I might seem calm on the outside, but I'm actually really nervous.

  4. 4 :  not in prison He looked forward to life on the outside again.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a place or region beyond an enclosure or boundary: such as

    :  the world beyond the confines of an institution (as a prison)

    :  the world beyond the territory or state of Alaska

  1. :  of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side or surface

    :  of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side of a curve or turn

    :  of, relating to, or being on or near the outside

  1. :  on or to the outside

    :  outdoors

  1. : used as a function word to indicate movement to or position on the outer side of

    :  beyond the limits of

    :  except

Seen and Heard

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a dividing ridge between drainage areas

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