Definition of on the outside looking in in US English:

on the outside looking in

phrase

  • (of a person) excluded from a group or activity.

    • ‘It's different when you're on the outside looking in.’
    • ‘The citizens, most affected though they may have been by the crimes in question, would thus be standing on the outside looking in at the process.’
    • ‘Cut off from both the working world and the world of his family, cut off from all of day-to-day humanity, we see Vincent always on the outside looking in.’
    • ‘I've always felt that I've been on the outside looking in; I've been different.’
    • ‘The era of colonization and nation-building has left many indigenous groups in the third world on the outside looking in.’
    • ‘Sweden, like Scotland, is on the outside looking in.’
    • ‘I used to be on the outside looking in, but now I am right in the middle of it, and I can see what it's all about.’
    • ‘The time is now critical for members of both parties to decide, once and for all, if they can again be part of the same household, or if maintaining their differences is worth the price of remaining forever on the outside looking in.’
    • ‘Most people would understand that we need to get an element of comfort because we are on the outside looking in.’
    • ‘But our diplomats should not be on the outside looking in.’