turn (something) inside out

Definition of turn (something) inside out

informal

  1. 1 :  to cause (a place) to become disorganized while one is trying to find something I turned the closet inside out and still couldn't find those shoes.

  2. 2 :  to change (something) completely Her life was turned inside out after the accident.

Word by Word Definitions

turnplay
  1. :  to cause to move around an axis or a center :  make rotate or revolve

    :  to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end (as of locking, opening, or shutting)

    :  to affect or alter the functioning of (something, such as a mechanical device) or the level of (something, such as sound) by such movement

  1. :  the action or an act of turning about a center or axis :  revolution, rotation

    :  any of various rotating or pivoting movements in dancing or gymnastics

    :  the action or an act of giving or taking a different direction :  change of course or posture : such as

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

insideplay
  1. :  an interior or internal part or place :  the part within

    :  inward nature, thoughts, or feeling

    :  viscera, entrails

  1. :  on the inner side

    :  in or into the interior

    :  to or on the inside

  1. :  of, relating to, or being on or near the inside

    :  relating or known to a select group

    :  behind-the-scenes

  1. :  in or into or as if in or into the interior of

    :  on the inner side of

    :  within

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball


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