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the ins and outs

The particular details and nuances of a situation, task, etc. I'm not surprised he made such a stupid mistake—he doesn’t know the ins and outs of this business.
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ins and outs (of something)

the correct and successful way to do something; the special things that one needs to know to do something. I don't understand the ins and outs of politics. Jane knows the ins and outs of repairing computers.
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ins and outs

1. The intricate details of a situation or process. For example, It takes a newcomer some time to learn the ins and outs of the legislative process, or David really knows the ins and outs of how this engine works. This usage alludes to the tortuous windings and turnings of a road or path. [Second half of 1600s]
2. Those with position and influence and those without, especially those in office versus those who are not, as in "Juan stood well both with Ins and Outs" (Byron, Don Juan, 1823). [Mid-1700s]
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said Don Quixote; "it is plain you don't know the ins and outs of the printers, and how they play into one another's hands.
Also, within an hour or so, he was able to bring to us a Greek boy of seventeen or eighteen who knew thoroughly well the ins and outs of oyster piracy.
I will squeeze it out of him, as one of the family: he must let me know the ins and outs of it all
Realizing that this is a lot to ask of a single book, Foner wisely devotes most of his space to the ins and outs of the Reconstruction Era.
Lynch and USC vice president Todd Dickey said the parties are not yet negotiating because USC is still studying the ins and outs of how the Coliseum is operated.
Guest speaker Charles Brundage, Esq, from Judicial Title Insurance Agency, will explain the ins and outs of title insurance.
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As an analysis of modern and contemporary writing styles, About Writing informs the aspiring author of the ins and outs of technique, ideals, and styles for the most effective writing.
Speakers from Automated Assemblies, Battenfeld, Build-A-Mold, Fanuc Robotics, Hekuma, Netstal, and Wittmann will discuss the ins and outs of injection molding machines, tooling, and robotics for IMD.
The second edition appeared in 1970 and, during the 30 years following, much has been learned about the ins and outs of proper liturgical translation.
The Ins and Outs of GAAR, featuring Dan McIntosh of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.
Some other subjects pursued at length are the Kramarsky van Gogh auction at Christie's in 1991 and the ins and outs of the origins of Parke-Bernet and its predecessors (an account largely, but intelligently, borrowed from Wesley Towner's The Elegant Auctioneers).
It's a mite-eat-mite world out there on the leaf surfaces of trees and shrubs, and survival may go to the bug that takes better advantage of the ins and outs of its terrain.
That is why Lars Fastrup, Lead Developer, has started a blog on the ins and outs of search related issues in MOSS 2007, and of course about the Ontolica features.
and with varying levels of success that make for great reading, explaining along the way some of the ins and outs of commercial fishing and dabbling in working class, lefty politics, and DIY culture.
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