- on the inner side or part of; within: inside the circle; inside the envelope.
- prior to the elapse of; within: He promised to arrive inside an hour.
- the inner or internal part; interior: the inside of the house.
- the inner side or surface: the inside of the hand; He pinned the money to the inside of his jacket.
- Usually insides. Informal. the inner parts of the body, especially the stomach and intestines: The coffee scalded my insides.
- a select or inner circle of power, prestige, etc.: a man on the inside.
- 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.
- the inward nature, mind, feelings, etc.
- Slang. confidential or secret information.
- an inside passenger or place in a coach, carriage, etc.
- situated or being on or in the inside; interior; internal: an inside seat.
- acting, employed, done, or originating within a building or place: He used to work on the dock but now he has an inside job.
- derived from the inner circle of those concerned in and having private knowledge of a situation: inside information.
- Baseball. (of a pitched ball) passing between home plate and the batter: The pitch was low and inside.
- inside of, Informal. within the space or period of: Our car broke down again inside of a mile.
- inside out,
- with the inner side reversed to face the outside.
- thoroughly; completely: She knew the work inside out.
Origin of inside
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Examples from the Web for insides
The agony of being so close to our goal but failing gnaws at our insides while we replay the events over and over in our heads.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Nausea is the next assault, a wave so powerful it threatens to rip out your insides.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
It is worth remembering that the Boston Marathon bombers armed their pressure cooker bombs with the insides of fireworks.Pennsylvania Student Proves You Could Buy Ingredients for a WMD on Amazon
January 28, 2014
They shoved a metal rod into her and tore her insides apart.When India Wants the Rapists Hanged
September 12, 2013
“I just put in a call to my doctor and said I felt like my insides were falling out,” she said through tears.Suicide Spotlights Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder
December 19, 2012
When I drench my insides with tea I sort of want it to take a hold.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
A fellow who don't want to fish must have something wrong in his insides.
I made the insides first, and stuffed them with bran, before I put the silk on.The Fairchild Family
Mary Martha Sherwood
The way my insides feel––and you do something for me, will you?Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
There were six pages—the insides of the covers and a double leaf.The Shadow World
- the interior; inner or enclosed part or surface
- the side of a path away from the road or adjacent to a wall
- (also plural) informal the internal organs of the body, esp the stomach and bowels
- inside of in a period of time less than; within
- inside out with the inside facing outwards
- know something inside out to know something thoroughly or perfectly
- in or to the interior of; within or to within; on the inside of
- on or of an interior; on the insidean inside door
- (prenominal) arranged or provided by someone within an organization or building, esp illicitlythe raid was an inside job; inside information
- within or to within a thing or place; indoors
- by nature; fundamentallyinside, he's a good chap
- slang in or into prison
Word Origin and History for insides
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.
Idioms and Phrases with insides
In addition to the idioms beginning with inside
- inside of
- inside out
- inside track, the
- on the inside
- step in (inside)