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in-and-out

Syllabification: in-and-out
Pronunciation: /ˌinənˈout
 
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Definition of in-and-out in English:

adjective

informal
1Involving inward and outward movement, especially rapid entrance and exit: smuggling drugs was a quick in-and-out operation
More example sentences
  • The two-storey hospital wing, which houses its own operating theatre with no beds but eight trolleys, is already dealing with up to 16 patients a day on a rapid no overnight stay in-and-out regime.
  • Just a little while ago I had a chance to speak with the top U.S. Army commander who is in charge of all of these in-and-out movements from the country.
  • Market timing occurs when traders make rapid in-and-out trades in unit trusts to take advantage of pricing inefficiencies.
2Inconsistent and unreliable: this horse is a notoriously in-and-out performer
More example sentences
  • However, he is an in-and-out performer and an unlikely winner.
  • It was injuries upon injuries - which led to inconsistency, infighting and, finally, too much in-and-out play.

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