on the outside - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    used for talking about the way that someone or something seems to people, when this does not show what they are really like

    He may be cheerful on the outside, but that’s not how he feels.

    Things are a lot more complicated than they seem on the outside.

  2. 2
    used when describing the outer surface of something

    The steak was burned black on the outside, but inside it was still raw.

  3. 4
    used for referring to what is happening outside a prison or institution when you are inside it

    Most of the patients could no longer remember what life on the outside was like.

See also main entry: outside