from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The intricate details of a situation, decision, or process.
  • The windings of a road or path.

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  • n. The details or fine points of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the peculiarities or technicalities (of a subject); intricacies; details; -- used with of.


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  • His predecessor had been widely suspected of corruption, so we were quite interested in getting to know Rumyantsev, a nuclear physicist who obviously knew the ins and outs of both civil nuclear power and weapons production.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • You are expected to carry out the decisions of the C.C. and to explain the ins and outs of the matter to the politically less developed comrades, if any of them should have any doubts.


  • In between a bit of Marvin Gaye and James Brown, Rushin gave updates on the ins and outs of the case.

    Magic City

  • For the next ten minutes we explained the ins and outs of Crabble, with Andy and Bobby doing a great job of showing the workings.

    Flirting with Disaster

  • His first Washington job was on the Joint Staff, the militarys policy planning wing, where he quickly learned the ins and outs of the interagency process.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • A finagler is one who knows the ins and outs of power brokerage and favor exchange, who finds ways to exploit the weaknesses of others, who knows how to use indirection to gain leverage and win some small but useful advantage.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Meanwhile, she looked narrowly at the ins and outs of the place to see who it was she had heard groaning, till her glance fell on Zumurrud, when she knew her and she began to show her customers yet more kindness.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Vans from all the TV networks and the big cable shows have been double-lined outside the courtroom building all day, and everywhere I look a correspondent is summoning the required fake gravitas to describe the ins and outs of such a high-profile death-penalty case.

    Beach Road


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