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 In-and-In.Inau’gurate (4 syl.) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ins and Outs of the Matter (The).
 
All the details, both direct and indirect.   1
        “If you want to know the ins and outs of the Yankees … . I know all their points, shape, make, and breed.”—Haliburton.
   Sometimes the “Ins” means those in office, and the “Outs” those out of office, or in Opposition.   2
 


 In-and-In.Inau’gurate (4 syl.) 

 
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