[ in-uhnd-out, -uhn- ]

  1. in or participating in a particular job, investment, etc., for a short time and then out, especially after realizing a quick profit.

  1. Manège. an obstacle consisting of two fences placed too far apart to be cleared in one jump and too close together to allow more than one or two strides between.

Origin of in-and-out

First recorded in 1640–50, for an earlier sense

Words Nearby in-and-out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use in-and-out in a sentence

  • You might make a position for us both by some such alliance; for, to tell the truth, I have had but in-and-out luck so far.

    Two on a Tower | Thomas Hardy
  • Now, they're going to make 'em do some in-and-out jumping, see?

    Voces Populi | F. Anstey
  • They had passed the Brooklyns, who had let down a good deal and were now playing in-and-out ball.

  • I painted in-and out-of-doors continuously all the day except when Rockwell and I plied the saw.