Definition of in-and-out in US English:



  • 1Involving inward and outward movement, especially rapid entrance and exit.

    ‘smuggling drugs was a quick in-and-out operation’
    • ‘Over the time scale of human history, even the gradual increase in its mean distance from the Earth is not a significant effect compared to the monthly in-and-out movement varying its angular size.’
    • ‘I'm thinking of this in part because I spent the day in a meeting in Washington - a quick in-and-out trip that wasn't long enough to check in with our D.C. bureau.’
    • ‘But it happens to be the major in-and-out artery for Boston.’
    • ‘Just a little while ago I had a chance to speak with the top U.S. Army commander who is in charge of all of these in-and-out movements from the country.’
    • ‘These are seemingly smaller, in-and-out operations that cannot afford a large logistics footprint or a long lead time for buildup.’
    • ‘With Apocalypse Now Redux ringing in at 197 minutes, Coppola and his audience are embarking on a real tour of duty - and like the Vietnam War itself, this is no in-and-out operation.’
    • ‘Market timing occurs when traders make rapid in-and-out trades in unit trusts to take advantage of pricing inefficiencies.’
    • ‘Firstly it was a ‘dry run’, attacking a largely abandoned site in a quick in-and-out operation that would serve as a learning exercise for bigger raids to come.’
    • ‘It was a 45-minute in-and-out procedure after all those agonizing months.’
    • ‘High-frequency waves broadcast by the radar bounce off a person, scanning the in-and-out movement of the chest and more subtle, but also detectable, motion of the heartbeat against the chest wall.’
    • ‘What is remarkable is the pattern of ventilation: an in-and-out movement very similar to the way air flows into and out of our own lungs.’
    • ‘The two-storey hospital wing, which houses its own operating theatre with no beds but eight trolleys, is already dealing with up to 16 patients a day on a rapid no overnight stay in-and-out regime.’
    • ‘The hotel's parking garage rate is $13 / day for guests, with unlimited in-and-out privileges.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I had a whirlwind in-and-out trip, so didn't get to see much of the country.’
    • ‘Many fund companies began to resort to shady practices, such as ignoring their own policies against rapid in-and-out trading in exchange for lucrative fees from large investors.’
    • ‘The spatial, in-and-out movement derives from the tension between a core and a periphery, or borderline area.’
    • ‘There will of course be ‘corrections’ and this is where the flow of funds in-and-out which Tamal affectionately calls ‘hot money’ becomes important.’
    • ‘Military chiefs suggested it was to be an in-and-out raid but officers on the ground had the latitude to stay put in the heart of the city if they felt they could.’
    • ‘Many discarded their water bottles, night-vision devices and other useful equipment because this was meant to be a quick, in-and-out daylight mission.’
    • ‘And a U.S. Army task force has staged yet another in-and-out foray.’
  • 2Inconsistent and unreliable.

    ‘this horse is a notoriously in-and-out performer’
    • ‘It was injuries upon injuries - which led to inconsistency, infighting and, finally, too much in-and-out play.’
    • ‘However, he is an in-and-out performer and an unlikely winner.’