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on the outside looking in

Definition of on the outside looking in in English:

Excluded from a group or activity.
Example sentences
  • Most people would understand that we need to get an element of comfort because we are on the outside looking in.
  • The time is now critical for members of both parties to decide, once and for all, if they can again be part of the same household, or if maintaining their differences is worth the price of remaining forever on the outside looking in.
  • I used to be on the outside looking in, but now I am right in the middle of it, and I can see what it's all about.
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