Idioms for inside

    inside of, Informal. within the space or period of: Our car broke down again inside of a mile.
    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 FOR inside

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 FOR inside

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British Dictionary definitions for inside of

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Idioms and Phrases with inside of (1 of 2)

inside of

Within, in less than the whole of, referring especially to a period of time. For example, They promised to return it inside of a month. Although some authorities believe inside alone conveys the same meaning, the full term is widely used. [Early 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with inside of (2 of 2)

inside

In addition to the idioms beginning with inside

  • inside of
  • inside out
  • inside track, the

also see:

  • on the inside
  • step in (inside)
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