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cut off from the (outside) world

1. Literally, completely separated from people outside of a given group or space. Prison inmates, especially those in solitary confinement, face an extraordinary pressure on their psyche from being cut off from the outside world for so long. The tiny rural village, cut off from the world up in the mountains, developed a dialect and manner totally unique from the rest of the region.
2. Figuratively, isolated from broad and/or meaningful outside engagement or interaction. Their research, while promising, is flawed in that it is cut off from the outside world, so its effects on the greater population are only speculative at best. Art—good art, anyway—is never cut off from the world; it is totally enmeshed in the people and culture around it.
See also: cut, off, world

detached from the (outside) world

Psychologically, emotionally, intellectually, or physically separated from the people, influence, or average thinking of the outside world. He just keeps to himself, never talking to anyone, like he's detached from the world. He builds all of his policies from theory and what he studied in books—it's all completely detached from the outside world. The tiny rural village, totally detached from the outside world, developed a dialect and manner totally unique to the rest of the region.
See also: detached, world

get outside (of) (something)

To fully and heartily consume food or a beverage. I'd love to get outside of a fat, juicy steak right about now. I can't wait to finish work and get outside a few pints.
See also: get, outside

out(side) (of) (someone's) wheelhouse

Against, outside of, or not matching someone's general interests, abilities, or area of familiarity; outside of someone's comfort zone. It's clear, however, that the political implications of this issue are well outside the author's wheelhouse. Jeff generally doesn't date women outside of his wheelhouse. You need to get out of your wheelhouse and live on the wild side for a change!
See also: wheelhouse

on the outside chance

Because there is a very slight, remote, or unlikely possibility (that something may happen or be the case). (A less common variant of "on the off chance.") You'll probably need to replace your washing machine, but on the outside chance that I can fix it, let me open it up and take a look. I don't think Jack would go on a date with me, but on the outside chance that he says yes, I'm going to ask him anyway!
See also: chance, outside

outside chance

A slight, remote, or unlikely possibility. The washing machine is probably busted, but there's an outside chance I might be able to fix what's wrong with it. I don't think Jack would go on a date with me, but on the outside chance that he says yes, I'm going to ask him anyway!
See also: chance, outside

outside the box

Outside of or beyond what is considered usual, traditional, or conventional. I've been trying to think outside of the box about what I want this term paper to be about. I know the professor hates unoriginal ideas. OK, team, we need some ideas that are really outside the box if we're going to impress the CEO!
See also: box, outside

the outside world

The people, culture, ideas, or experiences beyond an enclosed, sheltered, or remote place, situation or environment. Being raised out on the farm meant Jacob had little knowledge of the outside world. Anthropologists came upon an indigenous society that had had no previous contact with the outside world.
See also: outside, world

color outside the lines

To think or act in a way that does not conform to set rules. Likened to the way a child might color outside the lines of a coloring book. My coworkers don't always understand my ideas, especially since I like to color outside the lines. Don't be surprised if Janet shows up wearing something bizarre—she really likes to color outside the lines.
See also: color, line, outside

at (the) most

no more than the amount mentioned. A: How far away is the beach? B: Ten miles at most. At the most, there were only 15 people in the audience.
See also: most

at the (very) outside

at the very most. The car repairs will cost $300 at the very outside. I'm now on my way and I'll be there in three hours at the outside.
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fall outside something

to be beyond someone's power, responsibility, or jurisdiction. This matter falls outside my bailiwick. Her offense fell outside of the manager's jurisdiction.
See also: fall, outside

outside of something

except for something; besides something. Outside of the cost of my laundry, I have practically no expenses. Outside of some new shoes, I don't need any new clothing.
See also: of, outside

stand outside (of) (something)

to remain outside of a place, standing. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Judy stood outside the shop, waiting for it to open. How long have you been standing outside the door in this cold wind?
See also: outside, stand

step out

 (of something)
1. to go out of a place. she stepped out of the house without a coat and nearly froze to death. Jamie stepped out and got wet in the rain.
2. to take one step to get out of pants of some type that have been dropped. He stepped out of his pants and pulled off his shirt. He dropped his pants and stepped out.
See also: out, step

step out (on someone)

to be unfaithful to a spouse or lover. Jeff has been stepping out on Judy. I was not stepping out!
See also: out, step

step outside

1. to go outside, as if to get some fresh air. I need to step outside for a minute to get a breath of air. Tom and Harry stepped outside for a moment.
2. to go outside to fight or settle an argument. I find that insulting. Would you care to step outside? Max invited Lefty to step outside.
See also: outside, step

think outside the box

Fig. to think freely, not bound by old, nonfunctional, or limiting structures, rules, or practices. (As if thinking or creativity were confined in or limited by a figurative box. Compare this with think inside the box.) You won't come up with good ideas until you think outside the box. Let's think outside the box for a minute and try to find a better solution.
See also: box, outside, think

think outside the box

also think out of the box
to develop ideas that are different and unusual We need to think outside the box if we are going to come up with something really new. These guys are incredibly creative - they really know how to think out of the box.
Usage notes: sometimes used with verbs other than think: You need to look outside the box and see what you can come up with.
Etymology: based on the idea that limiting your thoughts is like thinking inside a box which can contain only a certain number of ideas
See also: box, outside, think

at (the) most

no more than We have at most a week to get the report ready. The dog weighs only 20 pounds at the most. At the most they probably spend five hours a week in their class.
See also: most

at the outside

no more than We'll be ten minutes late at the outside.
Usage notes: used to emphasize that the actual amount of time will be less than what was mentioned
See also: outside

outside of somebody/something

not including someone or something I don't have any work experience, outside of a few summer jobs. Outside of my two cousins in California, I don't have many relatives.
See also: of, outside

step out

to leave a place, esp. for a short time Mr. Taylor just stepped out of the office to get the mail.
See also: out, step

think outside the box

to think imaginatively using new ideas instead of traditional or expected ideas We try to encourage our researchers to think outside the box.
See also: box, outside, think

at most

Also, at the most or at the outside . At the largest amount, the furthest limit; also, in the most extreme case. For example, She'll be finished in two weeks at the most, or It'll take two weeks at the outside, or At most the chef uses a tiny bit of pepper. The terms with most date from the 1300s; at the outside from the mid-1800s. Also see at best.
See also: most

at the outside

see under at most.
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outside of

Except for, aside from, as in Outside of a little lipstick, she wore no makeup. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
See also: of, outside

step out

1. Walk briskly, as in He stepped out in time to the music. [c. 1800]
2. Also, step outside. Go outside briefly, as in He just stepped out for a cigarette. [First half of 1500s]
3. Go out for an evening of entertainment, as in They're stepping out again tonight.
4. step out with. Accompany or consort with a person as when going on a date, as in She's been stepping out with him for a month. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
See also: out, step

fall outside

To fail to be within or classified within some range, limit, or category: That behavior falls outside of what is allowed here. The proposed budget falls outside the guidelines.
See also: fall, outside

step out

1. To go outside for a short time: I stepped out for a cigarette. They stepped out of the meeting to discuss the proposal.
2. To go out for a special evening of entertainment: We're stepping out for a wild night on the town.
3. To withdraw from something; quit something: The candidate stepped out of the race. The player stepped out.
4. step out with To date someone: She is stepping out with a younger man.
See also: out, step

Baby it’s cold outside

and BICO
sent. & comp. abb. It’s cold. (From a popular, midcentury song.) Temp’s about 20. BICO! Zip up your overcoat, baby it’s cold outside.
See also: baby, cold, outside

step outside

in. to leave the present area and go to another place, presumably to fight. The two—who had been arguing—stepped outside to settle the matter. Do you want to step outside, smart ass?
See also: outside, step

You want to step outside?

interrog. Do you intend to start a fight?; Shall we go outside and fight? You want to step outside? We can settle this once and for all.
See also: step, want


/outside of the box
In a strikingly unconventional or original way: thinking outside the box.

at (the) most

At the maximum: We saw him for ten minutes at the most. She ran two miles at most.
See also: most
References in classic literature ?
A car is waiting outside now to take me to my home, but I thought that I had better stop and see you.
It is waiting outside for me now, and I must not keep the man any longer.
Wingrave's motor was outside, and the man touched his hat.
At first, at such times, most of us dashed inside; but some remained outside to hammer him with stones, and soon all of us remained outside and kept up the fusillade.
It wouldn't do any harm to try it, he decided, by the time they had reached the sidewalk; and he swung behind Ruth and took up his station on the outside.
At the same instant the trainer spoke with sharp imperativeness and raised his whip, while the men on the outside lifted their irons and advanced them intimidatingly into the cage.
As the sun was to the outside dweller, this wall was to him the sun of his world.
I should have made my escape at once; but for what I heard the officer say about the men who were waiting outside.
I must stop the ladies and gentlemen outside from coming in.
A TRAVELLER arriving at the capitol of the nation saw a vast plain outside the wall, filled with struggling and shouting men.
It was broad daylight when Anne awoke and sat up in bed, staring confusedly at the window through which a flood of cheery sunshine was pouring and outside of which something white and feathery waved across glimpses of blue sky.
You'll see what he's like outside when I take him down.
In a moment more he would have had two women to overpower instead of one, when a noise outside the window suddenly suspended the ignoble struggle.
First: Everything outside my own personal biography is outside my experience; therefore if anything can be known by me outside my biography, it can only be known in one of two ways
MY first conviction as soon as I found myself outside the house, was that no alternative was left me but to act at once on the information I had received--to make sure of the Count that night, or to risk the loss, if I only delayed till the morning, of Laura's last chance.