Ins and Outs of the Matter

(The). All the details, both direct and indirect.

“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.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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