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inner circle

A small, exclusive, and intimate group of like-minded people sharing a common goal, pursuit, or purpose. After nearly 20 years working for the company, I was finally brought into the board of directors' inner circle. John, Samantha, Mary, and I are kind of the inner circle of our wider group of friends.
See also: circle, inner

inner core

The innermost part of something. The term is used both literally and figuratively. What is the Earth's inner core made of? At his inner core, he's a good person, I just know it.
See also: core, inner

inner strength

One's resolve or determination. You have to draw on your inner strength—it will carry you through an experience like this.
See also: inner, strength

the inner man/woman

One's inner thoughts, conscience, mind, or spirit. Spending time away from technology and the hustle of the city does wonders for the inner woman. It's important to spend time cultivating the inner man, not just the man presented to the outside world.
See also: inner, man, woman
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the ˌinner ˈman/ˈwoman

1 your mind or soul: Prayer and meditation are good for the inner man.
2 (humorous) your appetite: It’s time to do something for the inner man; let’s look for a restaurant.
See also: inner, man, woman
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The fatwa added that some of the doctrines consider that the necessary amount of the inner intention is that the Muslim knows with their heart that they fast the following day of Ramadan, and in Al-Malkiya doctrine, one inner intention is enough for fasting the whole month of Ramadan.
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From the descriptions of the heavens or shutters opening, it is apparent that this effect took place on the inner stage.