at the outside

outside

[n. out-sahyd, -sahyd; adj. out-sahyd, out-; adv. out-sahyd; prep. out-sahyd, out-sahyd]
noun
1.
the outer side, surface, or part; exterior: The outside of the house needs painting.
2.
the external aspect or appearance.
3.
the space without or beyond an enclosure, institution, boundary, etc.: a prisoner about to resume life on the outside.
4.
a position away or farther away from the inside or center: The horse on the outside finished second.
5.
an outside passenger or place on a coach or other vehicle.
6.
Northern Canada and Alaska. (sometimes initial capital letter) the settled or more populous part of Canada or the U.S.
adjective
7.
being, acting, done, or originating beyond an enclosure, boundary, etc.: outside noises; news from the outside world.
8.
situated on or pertaining to the outside; exterior; external: an outside television antenna.
9.
situated away from the inside or center; farther or farthest away from the inside or center: the outside lane.
10.
not belonging to or connected with a specified institution, society, etc.: outside influences; outside help.
11.
extremely unlikely or remote: an outside chance for recovery.
12.
extreme or maximum: an outside estimate.
13.
being in addition to one's regular work or duties: an outside job.
14.
working on or assigned to the outside, as of a place or organization: an outside man to care for the grounds.
15.
Baseball. (of a pitched ball) passing, but not going over, home plate on the side opposite the batter: The fastball was high and outside.
adverb
16.
on or to the outside, exterior, or space without: Take the dog outside.
17.
in or to an area that is removed from or beyond a given place or region: The country's inhabitants seldom travel outside.
preposition
18.
on or toward the outside of: There was a noise outside the door.
19.
beyond the confines or borders of: visitors from outside the country.
20.
with the exception of; aside from: She has no interests outside her work.
Idioms
21.
at the outside, at the utmost limit; at the maximum: There weren't more than ten at the outside.
22.
outside of, other than; exclusive of; excepting: Outside of us, no one else came to the party.

Origin:
1495–1505; out- + side1


11. faint, distant, slight.
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outside
 
prep
1.  (sometimes foll by of) on or to the exterior of: outside the house
2.  beyond the limits of: outside human comprehension
3.  apart from; other than: no-one knows outside you and me
 
adj
4.  (prenominal) situated on the exterior: an outside lavatory
5.  remote; unlikely: an outside chance
6.  not a member of
7.  the greatest possible or probable (prices, odds, etc)
8.  (of a road lane, esp in a dual carriageway or motorway) situated nearer or nearest to the central reservation, for use by faster or overtaking vehicles
 
adv
9.  outside a specified thing or place; out of doors
10.  slang not in prison
 
n
11.  the external side or surface: the outside of the garage
12.  the external appearance or aspect
13.  the exterior or outer part of something
14.  (of a path, pavement, etc) the side nearest the road or away from a wall or building
15.  sport an outside player, as in football
16.  (plural) the outer sheets of a ream of paper
17.  (Canadian) (in the north) the settled parts of Canada
18.  informal at the outside at the most or at the greatest extent: two days at the outside
19.  outside in See inside another term for inside out
 
usage  The use of outside of and inside of, although fairly common, is generally thought to be incorrect or non-standard: she waits outside (not outside of) the school

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Word Origin & History

outside
c.1500 (n.), "outer side," from out + side (q.v.). The adj. is attested from 1630s; the prep. from 1826; the adv. from 1813.
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Idioms & Phrases

at the outside

see under at most.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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