in and out

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - in and out

"in and out"

in or participating in a particular activity, job, investment, etc for a short time and then out, especially after realizing a quick gain or profit


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - in and out

"in and out"

to know something completely and thoroughly


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Idiom Definition 3

"in and out"

alternately physically present and then not present


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in and out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:   How are you doing with your day-trading?

Friend 2:  After some time, I was able to manage quick profits in a short time.

Friend 1:  Do you mean a quick in and out?

Friend 2:  Exactly.  Choose just the right commodity, buy in, hold the contract no longer than a day or two and then get out with a profit.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in and out

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  Are you ready for the exam?

Student 2:   More than ready. I know the material completely and thoroughly.

Student 1:  Sounds like you'll get a good score then if you know the material in and out.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - in and out

A wife has telephoned her husband's office ...

Wife:  May I speak to my husband please?

Receptionist:  I'm sorry. Mr Smith is not in his office at the moment.

Wife:  Do you know when I will be able to reach him?

Receptionist:  Mr. Smith has been in and out of the office all day.

Wife:  Sound like he's having a really busy day. I won't bother him. I'll just wait for him to get home.

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in and out - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for in and out.

in and out - Examples:

1)  I began hemorrhaging 2 days later and was in and out of the hospital for a month before finally having a hysterectomy.

2)  He was in and out of hospitals for treatment of his paralysis and the constant pain caused by the bullet ...

3)  The author drifts in and out of a character's mind.

4)  You are an email assassin -- Get in and out of your inbox so quickly that you don't even realize you're in there.

5)  She had been in and out all night.

6)  ... who more or less knew every detail in and out of the hardware.

7)  The cost to an investor of getting in and out of a trade has ticked up since 2010.

8)  Special forces sat outside the representative office of FedEx, watching customers walk in and out of the office.

9)  The TV's on in the background and they dip in and out; learn a few interesting things but can walk out in the middle without feeling ...

10)  ... each programmer just trying to get in and out as fast as they could.

11)  Washington State residents quickly learned how to game the system, dropping in and out of insurance plans when they needed to pay medical bills.

12)  I've been in and out of the office.

13)  He knows his material in and out

14)  Day trading allows people to get in and out with a quick profit. 

15)  When she asked for her husband at the office, she was told that he had been in and out all day. 

16)  Knowing something in and out means that you know it thoroughly 

17)  In and out is how I like to make deals. 

18)  They have it mastered as they know it in and out

19)  After working on the project for three months, they know it in and out

20)  Just pick up a few things really quickly, just in and out of the grocery store.