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[preposition in-sahyd, in-sahyd; adverb in-sahyd; noun in-sahyd; adjective in-sahyd, in-, in-sahyd]
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preposition
  1. on the inner side or part of; within: inside the circle; inside the envelope.
  2. prior to the elapse of; within: He promised to arrive inside an hour.
adverb
  1. in or into the inner part: Please go inside.
  2. indoors: They play inside on rainy days.
  3. within one's heart, reason, etc.; by true nature; basically: I know inside that he's not guilty. Inside, she's really very shy.
  4. Slang. in prison.
noun
  1. the inner or internal part; interior: the inside of the house.
  2. the inner side or surface: the inside of the hand; He pinned the money to the inside of his jacket.
  3. Usually insides. Informal. the inner parts of the body, especially the stomach and intestines: The coffee scalded my insides.
  4. a select or inner circle of power, prestige, etc.: a man on the inside.
  5. the shortest of several parallel, curving tracks or lanes; the part of an oval track closest to the inner rail: The horse came up fast on the inside.
  6. the inward nature, mind, feelings, etc.
  7. Slang. confidential or secret information.
  8. an inside passenger or place in a coach, carriage, etc.
adjective
  1. situated or being on or in the inside; interior; internal: an inside seat.
  2. acting, employed, done, or originating within a building or place: He used to work on the dock but now he has an inside job.
  3. derived from the inner circle of those concerned in and having private knowledge of a situation: inside information.
  4. Baseball. (of a pitched ball) passing between home plate and the batter: The pitch was low and inside.
Idioms
  1. inside of, Informal. within the space or period of: Our car broke down again inside of a mile.
  2. inside out,
    1. with the inner side reversed to face the outside.
    2. thoroughly; completely: She knew the work inside out.

Origin of inside

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at in, side1

Synonyms

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7. Inside, interior both refer to the inner part or space within something. Inside is a common word, and is used with reference to things of any size, small or large: the inside of a pocket. Interior, somewhat more formal, denotes the inner part or the space or regions within; it usually suggests considerable size or extent, and sometimes a richness of decoration: the interior of a country, of the earth, of a cathedral.

Antonyms

7. outside, exterior.
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Examples from the Web for inside-out

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Historical Examples

  • He knows it inside-out, as it were, within a few minutes of its acquisition.

  • Weren't they getting grown-up enough to drop this inside-out hypocrisy?

    Rough-Hewn

    Dorothy Canfield

  • What an inside-out tactical atomic bomb would look like, I could not imagine and did not particularly care to see.

    The Big Time

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

  • I can make it answer both our purposes,' said he, with a nudge of the elbow, and an inside-out squint of his eyes.

  • Mollie thinks it is an upside-down, inside-out sort of a creature anyway.

    The Insect Folk

    Margaret Warner Morley


British Dictionary definitions for inside-out

inside

noun (ˈɪnˈsaɪd)
  1. the interior; inner or enclosed part or surface
  2. the side of a path away from the road or adjacent to a wall
  3. (also plural) informal the internal organs of the body, esp the stomach and bowels
  4. inside of in a period of time less than; within
  5. inside out with the inside facing outwards
  6. know something inside out to know something thoroughly or perfectly
preposition (ˌɪnˈsaɪd)
  1. in or to the interior of; within or to within; on the inside of
adjective (ˈɪnˌsaɪd)
  1. on or of an interior; on the insidean inside door
  2. (prenominal) arranged or provided by someone within an organization or building, esp illicitlythe raid was an inside job; inside information
adverb (ˌɪnˈsaɪd)
  1. within or to within a thing or place; indoors
  2. by nature; fundamentallyinside, he's a good chap
  3. slang in or into prison

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Word Origin and History for inside-out

adj.

"with the in side being out," c.1600, from inside + out (adv.).

inside

n.

late 14c., ynneside "interior of the body," compound of in (adv.) + side (n.). The adjective is 1610s, from the noun. Inside job "robbery, espionage, etc., committed by or with the help of a resident or servant of a place" is attested by 1887, American English (also, late 19c., early 20c., "indoors work"). Inside track "advantage" is metaphoric because those lanes are shorter on a curved track. Inside of, in reference to time, is from 1839.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with inside-out

inside

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