Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

the ins and outs

the ins and outs
Meaning(s)
1) the details of something
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • show someone/look into the ins and outs of something
  • Analysis
    When you refer to the 'ins and outs' of something you are talking about the details or the complicated facts or workings of something. "I'd like a brief summary, I don't need to know all the ins and outs." "I was always fascinated by photography, I wanted to know all the ins and outs of how a camera and light work together to produce an image." Though this a multi-word an expression it is used as a noun.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I know you are not familiar with this computer program, so let me show you the ins and outs of it. It won't take long to get you up to speed.
    2. It was important for Frank to get a grasp on how the company operates before he considered investing in it, so he asked to be shown the ins and outs of their business.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. It's worth understanding the ins and outs of the marking system if you want to do well in the exam.
    2. I don't know the ins and outs of the car but I suspect I need new brake pads.
    3. That is way too much information! I don't need to know the ins and outs of your relationship.
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