on the outside looking in


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on the outside, looking in

Excluded from something that one wanted to participate in. All of my friends were invited to the biggest party of the year, and here I am, on the outside, looking in. We need to win some games, or else we'll be on the outside looking in during the playoffs.
See also: look, on

on the outside looking in

(of a person) excluded from a group or activity.
See also: look, on, outside