the ins and outs

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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the ins and outs

COMMON The ins and outs of a situation or subject are all the complicated details or facts about it. Lawyers will no doubt debate the legal ins and outs of this case. There are many helpful books that can advise on the ins and outs of dieting in great detail.
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the ins and outs

all the details of something.
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the ˌins and ˈouts (of something)

all the details of something, which are often difficult to understand: It would take me too long to explain all the ins and outs of the problem.I don’t know all the ins and outs of the case.
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the ins and outs

n. the fine points (of something); the details; the intricacies. I’m learning the ins and outs of this business.
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ins and outs, the

All the intricacies or ramifications of a situation. Originally this term referred to those in favor and those out of it, and then to those in or out of political office. As Chaucer put it in Troilus and Criseyde, “Weep if thou wolt, for out of doute, this Diomede is inne, and thou art oute.” Years later Thomas Jefferson (Writings, ca. 1814) similarly referred to “two parties, the ins and the outs.” Only in the nineteenth century did the term come to mean intricacies, referring to the windings and turnings of a complicated path or passage. Thomas Hood so used it in a late poem (“Laying Down the Law,” 1845): “The celebrated judge, too prone to tarry, to hesitate on devious ins and outs.”
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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.
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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.
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