It is easy to find inside out in a dictionary: 裏返し{うらがえし}, but I have difficulty translating backwards in the expression

to put a T-shirt on backwards

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I believe you can use 前後ろ for "backwards" or "front-to-back". For example,


Edit. People in chat also point out that there is also 後ろ前 "back-to-front", so

前後ろ ↔ 前が後ろ "front to back"
後ろ前 ↔ 後ろが前 "back to front"

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    I became slightly curious about which is used most, Google Trends shows no big difference though: google.com/trends/explore?geo=JP&q=前後ろ,後ろ前 Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 8:46
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    @KessVargavind The data is so similar, it's hard to believe that it really tracks the word 前後ろ and not sentence (or search queries) just using 前 and 後ろ in this order (or in any order). For comparison, the Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese has 前後ろ 9 results and 後ろ前 19 results. With these low numbers, it's hard to call it a trend, though.
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 8:54
  • I was thinking the same, but I am not able to get Google Trends to compare exactly what I write. I did try to enclose the search words with quotation marks, but it seems to have no effect, in contrast to normal Google searches. Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 9:03
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    The expressions「後ろと前逆」「前と後ろ逆」「後ろ前逆」 with 「逆」 to emphasize the backward-ness are very commonly used. Enter in google search image and you will get the images you want with a lot of backwards shirts. Enter 前が後ろ and it doesn't work. (I think you should add this to your answer). Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 16:09

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