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Definition of outside preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    outside

     preposition
    preposition
    NAmE//ˌaʊtˈsaɪd//
     
    , NAmE//ˈaʊtsaɪd//
     
    (also outside of)
     
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  1. 1on or to a place on the outside of something You can park your car outside our house. opposite inside
  2. 2 away from or not in a particular place It's the biggest theme park outside the United States. We live in a small town just outsideSt. Louis.
  3. 3not part of something The matter is outside my area of responsibility. You may do as you wish outside working hours. opposite within
  4. 4outside of apart from There was nothing they could do, outside of hoping things would get better.
  5. Idioms
    think outside (of) the box
     
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    to think about something, or how to do something, in a way that is new, different, or shows imagination
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: outside