turn (something) inside out

idiom

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

Examples of turn (something) inside out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Invagination — to turn something inside out or fold back into itself 5. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2023 Place pillowcases in a mesh laundry bag or turn inside out. Abigail Bailey, Good Housekeeping, 18 Jan. 2023 And like many exaggerated fears, this one has a tendency to turn inside out. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 3 Mar. 2022 And observing sperm modifications across the animal kingdom reveals a host of oddities, like sperm that increase tenfold in length or turn inside out within the female. Connor Lynch, Discover Magazine, 1 Sep. 2021

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“Turn (something) inside out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20%28something%29%20inside%20out. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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