ins and outs
noun plural Date: circa 1670 1. characteristic peculiarities or technicalities ; workings 2. ramifications

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ins and outs — n [plural] all the exact details of a complicated situation, problem, system etc ins and outs of ▪ I don t really know all the ins and outs of the matter …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ins and outs — If you know the ins and outs of something, you know all the details …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • ins and outs — ins′ and outs′ n. pl. intricacies; particulars; peculiarities • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • ins and outs — (informal) DETAILS, particulars, facts, features, characteristics, nuts and bolts; informal nitty gritty. → in * * * noun plural 1. : physical twists and turns or windings and uncertainties (as of a road) knows all the ins and outs of the short… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ins and outs — In In, n. Note: [Usually in the plural.] 1. One who is in office; the opposite of {out}. [1913 Webster] 2. A re[ e]ntrant angle; a nook or corner. [1913 Webster] {Ins and outs}, (a) nooks and corners; twists and turns. (b) the peculiarities or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ins and outs —    If you know the ins and outs of something, you know all the details.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    The term ins and outs of a situation means all the details or facts.     I know he was involved in a car accident, but I don t know… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • ins and outs — 1. physical characteristics, as windings and turnings, nooks, or recesses: the ins and outs of a subterranean passage. 2. intricacies; particulars; peculiarities: the ins and outs of the tax laws. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • ins and outs — {n. phr.} The special ways of going somewhere or doing something; the different parts. * /The janitor knows all the ins and outs of the big school building./ * /Jerry s father is a good life insurance salesman; he knows all the ins and outs of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ins and outs — {n. phr.} The special ways of going somewhere or doing something; the different parts. * /The janitor knows all the ins and outs of the big school building./ * /Jerry s father is a good life insurance salesman; he knows all the ins and outs of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ins\ and\ outs — n. phr. the special ways of going somewhere or doing something; the different parts. The janitor knows all the ins and outs of the big school building. Jerry s father is a good life insurance salesman; he knows all the ins and outs of the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ins and outs — n. the fine points (of something); the details; the intricacies. □ I’m learning the ins and outs of this business. □ My father taught me the ins and outs of hog calling …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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