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  1. 1
    someone who is on the inside works in the organization or is a member of the group that you are talking about

    If you want to know what is really happening in a company, ask the people on the inside.

  2. 2
    British if a car passes you on the inside, it goes between your car and the edge of the road when you are nearer the middle of the road
  3. 3
    if someone in a race is on the inside, they are on the part of a circular track that is nearest the centre
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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