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the ins and outs

Meaning: If you know the ins and outs of something, you know all the details about it and understand how it works.

For example:

  • Louis knows how to drive a car, but he knows nothing about the ins and outs of how they work.

  • It seems that Yoko and Sato are having problems, though I don't really understand the ins and outs of their relationship.

Quick Quiz:

You need to know the ins and outs of the music industry if you want to
  1. make a living in music
  2. learn to read music
  3. enjoy listening to music

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