Definition of the ins and outs in US English:

the ins and outs

phrase

informal
  • All the details (of something).

    • ‘It would take pages and hours for me to go into the ins and outs of the Irish literary canon, so I'll leave it at that for now.’
    • ‘I think in the past a lot of these operations were done unnecessarily perhaps, although I don't know the ins and outs of the cases myself.’
    • ‘Whatever the ins and outs of it, everyone has known the documents were bogus for at least four months.’
    • ‘She also wants residents to learn the ins and outs of housing and benefit schemes, and to impart their wisdom to fellow prisoners.’
    • ‘We outline each exercise in detail and walk you through the ins and outs of your training, week by week.’
    • ‘They got together with a collective of media professionals and taught themselves the ins and outs of radio production.’
    • ‘Without knowing the ins and outs of the legislation, I am broadly in favour of unions, and of not sacking people without a reason.’
    • ‘Without going into all the ins and outs of the story, Dean seems to have played it by the book at every point.’
    • ‘So he'll be able to get you up to speed on Wednesday and explain all the ins and outs of it as the results come in Thursday evening.’
    • ‘Bear with me as I continue to learn about the ins and outs of blog design.’
    details, particulars, facts, features, points, characteristics, traits, nuts and bolts, particularities
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