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the ins and outs

The details or knowledge that one needs to have success in some area. 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.
As such I know more of the ins and outs of him than any person living does.
I know all the ins and outs of your affairs now, my dear boy--it's not for nothing that you were so open with Pashenka when you were her prospective son-in-law, and I say all this as a friend.
Jurgis, hanging round in dives and gambling houses and brothels, met with the heelers of both parties, and from their conversation he came to understand all the ins and outs of the game, and to hear of a number of ways in which he could make himself useful about election time.
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.
He currently hosts a monthly seminar at the Learning Annex and teaches the ins and outs of rejuvenating a pro career after extended underground status.
12 on the BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 with $321 million in sales) will discuss the ins and outs of landing a multimilliondollar government contract.
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.
com world where an unwitting child seeking information about the White House might accidentally discover the ins and outs of bukkake instead.
The Ins and Outs of GAAR, featuring Dan McIntosh of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt.
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