Definition of inside out in English:

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inside out


With the inner surface turned outward: we made a very quick change, and her dress was put on inside out
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  • A sudden violent gust of wind which blew it inside out and sideways, so all the spokes got bent out of shape.
  • We didn't have a clue what we were doing as the thing was blown inside out, outside in and upside down.
  • From November to March its rooms are booked up more quickly than umbrellas turn inside out.


Having the inner surface turned outward: inside-out clothes
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  • My umbrella was worryingly teetering halfway between inside-out and not-inside-out.
  • Personal advantages there may be for those who are wet-behind-the-ears, it doesn't follow that the world exists in the inside-out state.
  • That this belt is on a pair of inside-out jeans makes him especially pathetic, but somehow it doesn't diminish one's respect for his intelligence.



know something inside out

Know something very thoroughly: managers who know the business inside out
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  • But he has come a long way in a year and now knows the business inside out.
  • So it's important for a good Stage Manager to know the play inside out and back to front.
  • If you don't know it inside out and backwards, you are in trouble.

turn something inside out

Turn the inner surface of something outward: she played with her leather gloves, turning each finger inside out
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  • Hand it to a knitter and they would look, admire and then turn it inside out to check out the steeks, whether you weave or carry your yarn, knot or splice and check out the stitching.
  • This is rather like turning a sock inside out, only with the surface of the sock covered with numerous tiny hooks.
  • Petruchio, having declared it unfit for her, turned the right red cap inside out so that the brown lining was displayed.
2.1Change something utterly: it is not so easy to turn your whole life inside out
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  • In the poem, Coleridge takes that ancient image of human purpose, the triumphant journey to master a world, and reverses it, turns it inside out.
  • Camp is a world where the norms of society are turned upside down and inside out into a culture of its own.
  • Accordingly, architectural practice needs to be turned inside-out.
informal2.2 Cause utter confusion in; defeat totally: he turned the defender inside out
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  • We were five points down but then turned them inside out and just gave it everything.
  • Seol turns the Germans inside out on the left-hand side of the German area, and rolls an inviting ball into the path of Park.
  • It will turn you inside out and expose the inner workings of your soul under a cruel microscope.

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Syllabification: in·side out

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