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above all (else) (=used to say that something is more important than anything else)
▪ Max is hard-working, cheerful, and above all honest.
Above all else (=more than any other things)
Above all else she was seeking love.
against all odds (=despite something seeming very unlikely)
▪ Against all odds, he recovered from his illness.
all about
▪ Leadership is all about getting your team to co-operate.
all about (=all the details relating to it)
▪ Naturally, my mother wanted to know all about it .
all afternoon/the whole afternoon
▪ You left the lights on all afternoon.
all alone in the world (=she had no family or friends to help her or look after her)
▪ She was all alone in the world.
all alone
▪ It was scary being all alone in a strange city.
all along
▪ There were cheering crowds all along Pennsylvania Avenue.
all around
▪ We would hear the birds singing all around us.
all clear
▪ We’ve got the all clear for the new project.
all comers
▪ The marathon is open to all comers.
all concerned (=everyone who is involved or affected)
▪ We are trying to reach an agreement with all concerned .
all fours
all go
▪ It was all go from 8.00 until we finished at 5.00.
all humanity
▪ We want a clean healthy environment for all humanity.
all I want is ...
▪ All I want is a normal life.
all in
▪ all-in deals to Australia and New Zealand
all kinds/every kind
▪ He’s done all kinds of work.
all night long (=used to emphasize that something continues for the whole night)
▪ The noise continued all night long!
all night
▪ He looked as if he'd been up all night.
all over (sth) (=in every part)
▪ They said they had cleaned up but there were bottles all over the place.
▪ Scientists from all over the world gather here.
all over/throughout the world (=in every part of the world)
▪ The city attracts visitors from all over the world.
all parts of sth (also every part of sth)
▪ He had access to all parts of the factory.
all right
▪ ‘What’s the food like?’ ‘It’s all right, but the place on campus is better.’
all round
▪ There was a lovely courtyard with tables all round.
all round
▪ changes that are affecting the weather all round the world
all set
▪ Are you all set for the trip?
all sorts (=many different sorts)
▪ He collects all sorts of musical instruments.
all that matters/the only thing that matters
▪ All that matters is that you’re safe.
▪ Money was the only thing that mattered to him.
all that stuff
▪ He’s talked to me about all that stuff too.
All that...left
All that was left was a pile of bones.
all the family
▪ This is a game which all the family can enjoy.
all the gen
▪ She has all the gen on cheap flights.
all the way round
▪ The ballroom’s huge, with windows all the way round.
All things considered
All things considered, I’m sure we made the right decision.
all through
▪ The fighting went on all through the night.
all together (now) (=used to tell a group of people to all say or do something at the same time)
▪ Right men. All together now ... Push!
all too easily (=used to say that something bad is very possible)
▪ Gambling can all too easily become an addiction .
all too familiar (=very familiar)
▪ This kind of situation was all too familiar to John.
all too soon (=much earlier than you would like)
▪ The holidays were over all too soon.
all trace
▪ Petra’s lost all trace of her German accent.
almost all/every/everything
▪ Marsha visits her son almost every day.
and all that malarkey
▪ You don’t believe in ghosts and all that malarkey, do you? all
▪ They haven’t shown any interest at all in my research.
be all a mistake (=used to say that a situation happened because of a mistake)
▪ He couldn’t bring himself to tell her it was all a mistake.
be all for (doing) sth (=support something very much)
▪ I’m all for giving people more freedom.
be all smiles (=be happy or friendly and smile a lot)
▪ One moment he’s all smiles, the next moment he shouts at me.
be shaking all over
▪ She was shaking all over, partly from cold, partly from shock.
beyond all expectations (=greater or better than someone expected)
▪ The task took two months to complete, but it was successful far beyond all expectations.
came out all wrong (=not in the way I intended)
▪ I tried to explain everything to her, but it came out all wrong.
chuck it all in
▪ I decided to chuck it all in and go to Australia.
cover all aspects of sth
▪ The training course covers all aspects of business.
deny all knowledge of sth
▪ CIA officers denied all knowledge of the operation.
deserve all/everything you get (=deserve any bad things that happen to you)
▪ She's behaved really stupidly and she deserves all she gets.
doing fuck all
▪ Most of the time he sat around doing fuck all.
feeling all right
▪ Are you feeling all right?
First of all
First of all we’d better make sure we’ve got everything we need.
for all eternity
▪ a little animal preserved for all eternity as a fossil
For all...faults (=in spite of its faults)
For all its faults we love this city.
For all...faults (=in spite of his faults)
For all his faults he was a good father.
from every walk of life/from all walks of life
▪ Our volunteers include people from all walks of life.
fuck all
▪ Most of the time he sat around doing fuck all.
getting on all right
▪ The kids seem to be getting on all right at school.
give (sb)/get the all clear
▪ We’ve got the all clear for the new project.
go all gooey
▪ Babies make her go all gooey.
go all out
▪ Canada will have to go all out on the ice if they want to win.
go all shyBritish English (= to suddenly become very shy)
▪ Oh, have you gone all shy, Jenny?
had all the hallmarks of
▪ The explosion had all the hallmarks of a terrorist attack.
had it all worked out (=had made very careful plans)
▪ I had it all worked out.
happens all the time
▪ This kind of thing happens all the time.
If all else fails
If all else fails, you may be advised to have an operation.
in all sincerity
▪ May I say in all sincerity that we could not have achieved this much without your help and support.
in full possession of all your faculties (=able to see, hear, think etc in the normal way)
It all comes down to
It all comes down to money in the end.
it’s all relative (=you are not poor compared to some people)
▪ You may think you’re poor, but it’s all relative.
it’s all right for some
▪ ‘I get eight weeks’ holiday a year.‘ ’Well, it’s all right for some.'
It’s all sorted
▪ Calm down. It’s all sorted.
know all about
▪ I know all about David and what he’s been up to!
know all about
▪ Politicians know all about the power of language.
last of all (=used when giving a final point or piece of information)
▪ Last of all, I’d like to thank everyone for coming.
lets...walk all over her
▪ It’s terrible – she lets her kids just walk all over her.
lose all sense of sth
▪ He seemed to have lost all sense of proportion.
lose all sense of time/direction/proportion etc
▪ When he was writing, he lost all sense of time.
milking...for all it’s worth (=getting as much from it as possible)
▪ He seems to be milking the incident for all it’s worth.
Most of all
Most of all, I just felt sad that it was over.
never in all my life (=used to emphasize how bad something was)
▪ Never in all my life have I felt so humiliated.
none at all/none whatsoever
▪ ‘Was there any mail?’ ‘No, none at all.’
not at all sure
▪ By now, we were not at all sure where we were.
not at all/not ... at all (=used to emphasize what you are saying)
▪ The changes were not at all surprising.
▪ I do not like his attitude at all.
not at all/not ... at all (=used to emphasize what you are saying)
▪ The changes were not at all surprising.
▪ I do not like his attitude at all.
Nothing at all
▪ ‘Do you know much about business?’ ‘Nothing at all.’
of all persuasions
▪ politicians of all persuasions
of every hue/of all hues (=of many kinds)
▪ political opinions of every hue
oh, okay/all right
▪ ‘Can you lend me ten pounds?’ ‘Oh, all right, but only until tomorrow.’
on all fronts
▪ Excellent teamwork from our staff has brought improvement on all fronts.
owe it all to sb/owe everything to sb
▪ I owe it all to you.
packing it all in
▪ Sometimes I feel like packing it all in and going off travelling.
practically all
▪ I’ve read practically all of his books.
quite all right
▪ ‘Thanks for all your help!’ ‘That’s quite all right.’
seen it all before (=has experienced so much that nothing surprises her)
▪ She’s seen it all before in her long career.
sod all
▪ I got sod all from the deal.
sound all right
▪ We’ll eat at eight. Does that sound all right to you?
sth is all a misunderstanding (=used when saying that a situation happened because of a mistake)
▪ Why don’t you call him and tell him it was all a misunderstanding?
sth is the root of all evil (=something is the main cause of bad things)
▪ Love of money is the root of all evil.
sth is written all over sb’s face (=their feelings can be seen very clearly in their expression)
▪ You’re jealous – it’s written all over your face!
the mother of all
▪ I woke up with the mother of all hangovers.
the root of all evil
▪ The love of money is the root of all evil.
turn out all right
▪ Don’t worry, it’ll turn out all right.
underneath it all
▪ I think he’s a genuinely nice guy underneath it all.
was plastered all over the papers (=was the main story in the newspapers)
▪ The news of the wedding was plastered all over the papers.
went all right (=happened with no problems)
▪ Tony was worried about the meeting but it went all right.
what all the fuss was about (=why people liked it so much)
▪ Until I heard her sing I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.
wish...all the best
▪ We’d just like to wish him all the best in his new job.
with all...might
▪ He swung the axe again with all his might.
(all) at sea
▪ A girl from near his village in Trondheim fell ill the first day at sea.
▪ At worst, they can sink or lose their nuclear warheads at sea.
▪ Down to the beach to see the oil rigs at sea.
▪ His eyes were an astounding blue and his complexion was ruddy from a life spent mostly at sea.
▪ Teredo, or shipworm, can have a devastating effect on the hulls of wooden ships at sea.
▪ This week, however, when you find yourself all at sea, you may wonder whether you've chosen well.
▪ We are glad to be with them again, especially when they are at sea.
(all) by herself
▪ She raised her daughter by herself.
▪ She was sitting at a table by herself.
▪ By herself she could jump over fences and ditches better than her brothers.
▪ Ellie McGlynn was there, standing by herself on the front porch.
▪ He sidled into her mind, usually when she was by herself but not always; he wasn't shy.
▪ It was so tragic that the girl should be going through all this by herself.
▪ Minna had gone away quietly all by herself, probably to meet Zbigniew Shapira at a Danzig hotel.
▪ She wanted to be by herself, where there were no lights.
▪ She was too weak to get out of bed by herself, but she might be calling Lester to help her.
▪ She wouldn't have to deal with Anna by herself.
(all) by himself
▪ Don's traveling by himself.
▪ He's standing up by himself already.
▪ But on the campaign trail, Coles sometimes seems like a boxer in the ring by himself.
▪ He walked slowly, all by himself.
▪ He was to be placed with another inmate the next day, but wound up in a cell by himself.
▪ I think Sadlowski by himself could have kept it that simple.
▪ Once Hopkinson arrived late for breakfast to find the Colonel by himself reading a newspaper.
▪ Sir Henry agreed to help in this way, and to go by himself to the Stapletons that evening.
▪ The day he stood alone, by himself, without holding on, he roared out his triumph.
▪ When the officers retired, Hashim used to jump down and play squash by himself.
(all) by itself
▪ The door's not going to close by itself.
▪ Will the dog be safe left in the car by itself?
▪ About twice as many, for depression by itself.
▪ But then, I think the Nagumo Force can handle this operation all by itself.
▪ It's in there by itself.
▪ Let the fatuous sun shine by itself and let's head for the moon.
▪ Perhaps now he could see why the drawing was in a space by itself.
▪ The growth in members is meaningless all by itself.
▪ The threat of lawsuits by itself is a major factor in driving up health care costs.
▪ To begin with, by itself it doesn't produce anything.
(all) by myself
▪ Actually, I kind of wanted to be by myself tonight.
▪ I ate a whole gallon of ice cream by myself.
▪ All 41 tests were witnessed by myself or other members of the Requalification group and results compared against identified criteria.
▪ All the instructors are carefully selected by myself and they offer a very special service.
▪ And I have done it by myself.
▪ But I can't reach the window by myself.
▪ I go to the movies by myself one autumn evening.
▪ I was out driving around by myself.
▪ The next night, when I found it by myself, I bonded.
(all) by ourselves
▪ This year we wanted to take a vacation by ourselves.
▪ We built the wall all by ourselves.
▪ And when the blur does clear, we imagine that we have made it do so all by ourselves.
▪ Kip and I would have been helpless, by ourselves, in the situation, and Martinez probably intuited it.
▪ Our car was half full, and we were assigned to a row by ourselves.
▪ The walls of our imprisonment were there before we appeared on the scene, but they are ever rebuilt by ourselves.
▪ These services will be provided either directly by ourselves or by independently contracted suppliers.
▪ This information will be considered by ourselves at the key features review and due diligence stages.
▪ We believe we should resolve our issues by ourselves....
▪ We can manage very well by ourselves.
(all) by themselves
▪ I'm hoping these spots will go away by themselves.
▪ They are both old enough to go to the pool by themselves.
▪ But parents are... waiting for kids to be able to go to the movies and the mall by themselves.
▪ But reasons of identification and self-definition can not by themselves establish the legitimacy of an authority.
▪ He sounded matter-of-fact, as if nine-year-old kids commonly hung out by themselves in his lobby.
▪ If anything is worth while in life at all, some things must be good in and by themselves.
▪ It may not have occurred to them that they could do the same when viewing video by themselves.
▪ Two pairs of dates by themselves tell the story.
▪ Women can be happy by themselves.
▪ Women may not be free to walk by themselves along the streets.
(all) by yourself
▪ Dave spent Christmas all by himself.
▪ Do you think you can move the couch by yourself?
▪ Katherine made the cookies all by herself.
▪ You can't go home by yourself in the dark.
▪ He came at once, by himself, as she had asked.
▪ One proposal by itself was anathema; the two together were poison.
▪ Our car was half full, and we were assigned to a row by ourselves.
▪ She'd managed that all by herself.
▪ Similarly, Spong believes that homosexuality, by itself, is not a sin.
▪ Stanford... well, Stanford is in a class by itself.
▪ The land by itself could not support the population.
(all) by yourself
(all) grist to the mill
▪ Humans had become mere technical grist to the mill like any base metal.
▪ In fact, all the events' of daily life are grist to the mill of these popular singers.
▪ This is all grist to the mill of orthodox social democratic analyses of crime.
(all) in one
▪ It's a TV, radio, and VCR all in one.
▪ And if that were not enough, I was fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful towns in the state.
▪ Cheltenham races are being broadcast in one corner, the Budget in another.
▪ Information arrival was proxied by daily futures and spot volatility estimated in one of the six different ways.
▪ Inside the house of a friend of mine nearly everything was affected in one way or another.
▪ Nearly all the encounters end in one of the other three ways.
▪ People emerge from the casinos with beers in one hand and plastic cups full of change in the other.
▪ Schwab is reengineering its own business in one visionary leap that will require six years to execute.
▪ When she was nine, she recalled in one of her stories, her parents had begun to fight.
(all) on your own
▪ Did you build this all on your own?
▪ Will you be OK here on your own?
▪ Although the names of these principles have been variously translated, I shall rely on my own designations in explaining them.
▪ Being independent minded, I set off on my own, armed with books, maps and pamphlets.
▪ Go alone, without a guide or mentor, and discover the art of fly-fishing on your own.
▪ It can also help on its own either locally or in the diet.
▪ My sister, who is 80, lives on her own and takes no tablets.
▪ Once you're out there, it's you on your own.
▪ The other half did it on their own.
▪ They should be kept, on their own, in tanks no less than five feet in length.
(all) rolled into one
▪ The band's sound was metal and punk and rap all rolled into one.
▪ For many, this outsized jamboree became both a new Pentecost and a New Jerusalem rolled into one.
▪ In practice, stages 2 and 3 are often rolled into one.
▪ It had all the elements one finds in several different testimonies all artfully rolled into one.
▪ Lloyd Kaufman is also a writer, director, producer, actor and studio mogul, all rolled into one.
▪ Lovable Manuel is quite the tyrant, a mini Papi and Mami rolled into one.
▪ She was a fallen Magdalene and a lamenting dolorosa rolled into one.
▪ So the service offers a payment system and a management information system rolled into one.
▪ They represent a kind of hybrid architect, designer, engineer, set builder and scenario maker, all rolled into one.
(all) signed and sealed
(all) square
▪ At the next they were all square when Lyle missed from three feet.
▪ Dennis Conner will start all square with no technological edge.
▪ Good play from Wilson at the 15 and a birdie 3 at the 16 brought the match all square once again.
▪ In the ultimate, within a reflecting boundary, all squares will be occupied.
▪ It seems they're all square in the sexy filming battle.
▪ It was a thrilling encounter with Colm going two up quite early in the round and getting pegged back to all square.
▪ That's how to keep things all square with the Umpire.
(all) the gory details
▪ However, 44% of you feel that these reports should leave the gory details out and 39% feel they encourage copycat crimes.
▪ Log on and get the gory details.
(all) to itself
▪ This idea deserves a chapter to itself.
▪ Even a predator as powerful as a tiger wants to avoid risk of damage to itself.
▪ His only strategy is to take small steps and to carry the local vector parallel to itself over each step.
▪ In the schools we have visited the curriculum does connect, both to kids and to itself.
▪ It should create a voice that is unique to itself.
▪ The family itself is a self-contained, almost private, institution - a world to itself.
▪ Under a 3600 rotation, a boson state-vector goes back to itself, not to its negative.
▪ Until the beginning of this year, Congress had not applied to itself a single civil-rights or workplace statute passed this century.
▪ Yggdrasil composed an exquisite sonnet that deserved to live for centuries, but kept it to itself.
(all) to ourselves
▪ When Sarah goes to college we'll finally have the house to ourselves.
▪ And among the primary vehicles families use to mirror us to ourselves are the family stories we hear about ourselves.
▪ And like Persephone, we will return, to ourselves, and to our ancestral beginnings.
▪ But in private we are comfortable living with ourselves - we just don't always admit it to ourselves.
▪ Keeping up with the day-to-day pressure of everyday life leaves little time to devote to ourselves.
▪ They were always there if we needed a babysitter or some time to ourselves.
▪ We continually talk to ourselves about them, losing force all the time, and feel that we are very badly treated.
▪ We spoke too much to ourselves, and not enough to other people.
▪ We travelled clandestinely by helicopter one evening and kept strictly to ourselves what we saw there.
(all) to themselves
▪ They had the whole beach to themselves.
▪ And they like it to themselves.
▪ And they say to themselves, what will last?
▪ But they like to keep their political preferences to themselves.
▪ I thought the fund was to help Gaels speak to the rest of us and not only to themselves.
▪ I wanted to see these amazing sportsmen at home and in their own environment, where they remain true to themselves.
▪ Right now, the Howards are just grateful for some time to themselves.
▪ Their survival is vital, not only to themselves, but to large companies which depend on their products and services.
▪ You know who talks to themselves the most?
(all) to yourself
▪ As mentioned earlier, my grandfather kept to himself in his smoke-filled room, rarely venturing out.
▪ At first there was silence as they drove along the quiet road, simply enjoying being close to each other.
▪ He can't be very bright can he, drawing attention to himself like that?
▪ He had done nothing wrong, nothing at all, but there was no way of proving it, even to himself.
▪ Today it tends to be a more exclusive activity in which theologians talk straight to each other and down to the faithful.
▪ Tutor and pupil may, however, have spoken Latin to each other.
▪ Until the beginning of this year, Congress had not applied to itself a single civil-rights or workplace statute passed this century.
▪ We continually talk to ourselves about them, losing force all the time, and feel that we are very badly treated.
(all/only) too true
▪ It's a cliche to say people are living in fear, but sadly it's all too true in Larne.
▪ Mr. Waldegrave I fear that on health, as on other issues, that is all too true.
▪ This may be only too true, but if so, why advertise the fact?
▪ Travelers to Prague may find the comparison with Paris starting to ring all too true when it comes to hotel prices.
All aboard!
God is in his heaven, all's right with the world
I'm all right Jack
I/we don't have all day
▪ Hurry up, we don't have all day!
▪ But Sally does not have all day here.
after all
▪ He wrote to say they couldn't give me a job after all.
▪ I don't know why you're so concerned; after all, it isn't your problem.
▪ Rita didn't have my pictures after all - Jake did.
▪ But some things are private, after all.
▪ Is that on the cards, or has Unesco got some rules that he is going to enforce after all?
▪ It was her father's home, after all.
▪ It was their country, after all.
▪ Printing and presentation should be as attractive as possible - after all the library is an attractive place isn't it?
▪ Something should be celebrated after all, in these dim days.
▪ These are, after all, very familiar species.
all (other) things being equal
▪ All other things being equal, schools where parents are highly involved are more likely to run effectively.
▪ Both snail genes and fluke genes stand to gain from the snail's bodily survival, all other things being equal.
▪ But all other things being equal, the gay and lesbian community has responded well to examples of perceived corporate goodwill.
▪ But all things being equal, most movie makers would like their facts to be right.
▪ It shows the quantities of a product which will be demanded at various prices, all other things being equal.
▪ Significant improvements in clarity and stereo imaging are amongst the more obvious benefits of such parity, all other things being equal.
▪ The bright chestnut is considered the most characteristic colour and, all other things being equal, the one to be preferred.
all (other) things being equal
▪ Both snail genes and fluke genes stand to gain from the snail's bodily survival, all other things being equal.
▪ But all things being equal, most movie makers would like their facts to be right.
▪ But all other things being equal, the gay and lesbian community has responded well to examples of perceived corporate goodwill.
▪ It shows the quantities of a product which will be demanded at various prices, all other things being equal.
▪ Significant improvements in clarity and stereo imaging are amongst the more obvious benefits of such parity, all other things being equal.
▪ The bright chestnut is considered the most characteristic colour and, all other things being equal, the one to be preferred.
all (the) year round
▪ Centrally heated and open all year round.
▪ Hours 4 1/2 hours a week, 45 hours total. * Intensive courses: Duration 2-4 weeks, all year round.
▪ It is warm all year round, with warm summers, mild winters and moderate rainfall.
▪ Most importantly, the Conquistadores use the proceeds from the tournament to help fund local youth sports all year round.
▪ Seasons: The crag faces west, is sited just above the sea and climbing is generally possible all year round.
▪ Soon, the pests were everywhere, all year round.
▪ We have witches all year round.
all along
▪ Grant arrived on the battlefield to find the Federals under heavy pressure all along their front.
▪ He has been polite to Paul all along.
▪ It was something he knew all along.
▪ It was then Gedanken realized that all along she had been hearing the voices of the beetles over a loudspeaker.
▪ That has been my position all along.
▪ The guns were all along the river bank as far as I could see.
▪ They probably thought I was crazy all along.
▪ We told Kelly all along what the doctors were saying.
all and sundry
▪ After the book signing Clancy stood around talking to all and sundry.
▪ Her sister told her mother, who then told all and sundry.
▪ Also, lifts that are open to all and sundry seem to be readily vandalised or used as public toilets.
▪ By removing the mystique immediately, you avoid the excruciatingly embarrassing guesswork by all and sundry.
▪ Duggie Brown is excruciatingly convincing as the sleazy, no-talent compere whose best reward is to grope all and sundry.
▪ He throws his largesse to all and sundry.
▪ He was, of course, revered by all and sundry in the hutted West Camp, Cranwell.
▪ Innocent must have been beset with petitions and business from all and sundry.
▪ It was not an indiscriminate method of handing out money to all and sundry.
▪ Nevertheless, there are always some cowboys who like to argue with all and sundry, including their horse.
all at once
▪ All at once the trailer started shaking.
▪ All at once, she broke into a smile.
▪ Should we send the packages all at once?
▪ And with the slow-going afternoon the world all at once can make perfect sense.
▪ Employees at the plant are experiencing a-change overload. --- Changes came too fast and hit thern all at once.
▪ Father Timothy was kind and bad all at once.
▪ I have never seen so many injunctions all at once.
▪ Not all at once and not so anyone could tell.
▪ The cold in our house made it clear all at once.
▪ This is a distinctive and often very funny picture, disquieting and diverting all at once.
all comers
▪ But Perot is listed as an independent candidate, and he promised a nominating process open to all comers.
▪ But some doctors have a history of abusing that trust for profit, prescribing unnecessary and ineffective diet regimes to all comers.
▪ Despite the requirement to open contracts and business opportunities to all comers, somehow those countries manage to choose their own nationals.
▪ His hospitality knew no respect of persons; the abbey-gates stood open for all comers who needed either refreshment or lodging ....
▪ If you are a good competitor, you take on all comers.
▪ Next Saturday, the Blues' custodian is back between the posts again, taking on all comers.
▪ The Mantela was an honest ship, with no frills, but ready to take on all comers.
▪ The non-profit group is devoted to teaching the style, opening their doors wide to all comers.
all day/year/summer etc long
▪ He just sat at a table ticking off numbers all day long.
▪ He loved growing things, and in Florida he could work his garden all year long.
▪ I suppose that if we include New Zealand, we can claim to have new season lamb practically all year long.
▪ She'd sail the lake all day long if I let her.
▪ Smashing down mogul fields all day long, day after day, sounds great to skiers in their 20s.
▪ So all day long her thoughts fought with each other.
▪ The docks were experiencing a boom in trade and all day long a steady stream of customers came and went.
▪ There is just so little meaning in what I do almost all day long!
all expenses paid
all eyes are on/watching/fixed on etc
all hands on deck
▪ It's all hands on deck as the crew work as team to make the show look its best.
▪ It was all hands on deck as they worked flat out over a weekend in March.
all hell broke loose
▪ Debbie told him to shut up, he slapped her, and then all hell broke loose.
▪ When a fan jumped onto the stage, all hell broke loose.
▪ A sparrow hawk appeared - and all hell broke loose!
▪ And then, all hell broke loose.
▪ But then all hell broke loose, geologically speaking, as increasing numbers of sources for the rock were discovered.
▪ Journalists woke him up in his bed with the news and, as I suspected, all hell broke loose.
▪ Not at all bad considering that all hell broke loose in September and the City was rocked by events outside its control.
▪ She started to strip off, all hell broke loose and he bolted while plain-clothes officers moved in to stage a cover-up.
▪ What actually happened was that I was as drunk as anybody in the barracks the night all hell broke loose.
▪ When the story was leaked to the press, all hell broke loose.
all in good time
▪ "When are we going to open the presents?" "All in good time."
▪ "When are you going to pay me?" "All in good time."
▪ But don't fret, you shall have a puppy all in good time.
all in good time
▪ But don't fret, you shall have a puppy all in good time.
all in the past
▪ That's all in the past.
▪ To you that is all in the past, some one else's past, long ago.
all is not lost
all is well/all is not well
▪ All is not well at the office.
all manner of sth
▪ All manner of foodstuffs lay scattered on the kitchen table.
▪ Health food stores promote all manner of herbs to prevent colds.
▪ This small portable oven is capable of cooking all manner of baked goods.
▪ Glover felt hot under the collar; it would seem that all manner of deranged people were managing to outsmart him.
▪ That neutrality is often criticized as hypocritical: all manner of metaphysical conclusions-as above-are usually taken as gospel.
▪ The divide was confirmed in all manner of ways.
▪ The first tee attracts all manner of casual onlookers.
▪ The objects left in the churchyard were open to all manner of interpretation and imagination could run riot.
▪ Traditional boundaries between the counties were ignored so that all manner of sporting and social organizations were threatened with disturbance.
▪ Where they scrape against one another, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain belts and all manner of geological phenomena arise.
▪ Wildlife in the Soviet Union is exploited in all manner of ways.
all mod cons
▪ I have all mod cons and Mrs B. All I have to do is relax.
▪ Peugeot and Citroen countered that by providing diesel models decked out with all mod cons.
▪ The little Peugeot has all mod cons with power steering and an air bag.
▪ The property has many interesting features and all mod cons.
all of a sudden
▪ All of a sudden I realized that the car in front of me wasn't moving.
▪ The way he decided to leave all of a sudden didn't make any sense.
▪ We waited and waited, then all of a sudden we saw a sail on the horizon.
▪ And all of a sudden I got slammed in the face.
▪ But as revenues subsided, costs all of a sudden mattered, too.
▪ In spring training I started off good with my throwing, and then all of sudden it declined.
▪ It got him trying to be too perfect with his pitches all of a sudden.
▪ Now, all of a sudden, things are different.
▪ The kitchen had gone quiet, all of a sudden, really quiet.
▪ Then, all of a sudden, like a spigot turned counterclockwise, B shuts down.
▪ You put the chair up, and all of a sudden, he has four points of interest.
all over again
▪ At the police station they asked me the same questions all over again.
▪ The computer crashed and deleted all my work - I had to start the essay all over again.
▪ The prospect of writing the report all over again made me feel completely depressed.
▪ There's no tape in the machine. We'll have to start the interview all over again.
▪ A toy would have run down eventually, but Anna would undoubtedly start up all over again in the morning.
▪ And then they started it all over again.
▪ At first, it was jobs all over again.
▪ It was Lillie Langtry all over again, the old ones said wisely.
▪ Men thus instructed often found it easier to get on with it than to try and explain the danger all over again.
▪ The bank nurse all over again.
▪ The threatening phone calls started all over again.
▪ There are still times, even after Jasper, when I have to catch on all over again.
all over again
▪ A toy would have run down eventually, but Anna would undoubtedly start up all over again in the morning.
▪ And then they started it all over again.
▪ At first, it was jobs all over again.
▪ It was Lillie Langtry all over again, the old ones said wisely.
▪ Men thus instructed often found it easier to get on with it than to try and explain the danger all over again.
▪ The bank nurse all over again.
▪ The threatening phone calls started all over again.
▪ There are still times, even after Jasper, when I have to catch on all over again.
all over the place
▪ Dirty clothes were all over the place.
▪ Her hair was all over the place.
▪ They're putting up new offices all over the place.
▪ He leaves clues all over the place.
▪ Hold a knife blade over the housing and it goes all over the place, proving the point.
▪ Nobody knew where anyone was, and there were rumours flying about all over the place.
▪ People were sneezing all over the place as if it were the heart of allergy season.
▪ The egg in the mixture makes it stay put, instead of running all over the place as most cheese mixtures do.
▪ The fact is, there are heroes all over the place.
▪ You can go all over the place.
all over the shop
▪ He ran us all over the shop.
▪ In between he was, for much of the time, all over the shop, scrambling pars more than hunting birdies.
▪ It was splashed all over the shops!
▪ With skating there's no-one saying do this, do that all over the shop.
all present and correct
▪ Her face, its small universe, was all present and correct.
▪ Missiles are there, all present and correct as listed by the Pentagon.
▪ The 15 all present and correct had between them an astonishing 533 years' service.
all quarters of the Earth/globe
all square
▪ At the next they were all square when Lyle missed from three feet.
▪ Dennis Conner will start all square with no technological edge.
▪ Good play from Wilson at the 15 and a birdie 3 at the 16 brought the match all square once again.
▪ In the ultimate, within a reflecting boundary, all squares will be occupied.
▪ It seems they're all square in the sexy filming battle.
▪ It was a thrilling encounter with Colm going two up quite early in the round and getting pegged back to all square.
▪ That's how to keep things all square with the Umpire.
all systems go
▪ However, it was now all systems go for the future.
all the best
▪ Tell him I said goodbye and wish him all the best.
▪ A facility that's said to represent all the best in car manufacturing worldwide.
▪ He wanted to give it all the best that was in him, of which he had more than he needed.
▪ In fact they are regularly seen around all the best joints.
▪ Maybe it was true that the Devil got all the best lines.
▪ On the surface, at least, Bonita Vista has all the best qualities of a racially diverse campus.
▪ The movement has got all the best stories, even if it's a little short on facts.
▪ They came, all the best and noblest, to join the company.
▪ They still kept almost all the best in-state players.
all the go
all the livelong day
▪ Just went around in my wrapper all the livelong day, my mama would faint.
all the more reason why/to do sth
▪ But that's all the more reason why we should go off this time with a car well filled, eh?
▪ If some material is lost already, that is all the more reason to stop a lapse becoming a loophole.
▪ That means there is all the more reason to oppose the willed destruction of old things.
▪ That possibility is all the more reason to end the conflict soon.
▪ This is all the more reason to find a more democratic way of deciding the state for the first primary.
all the same
▪ All the same, it would have been nice to go.
▪ But drink it all the same.
▪ Hencke had discovered during the last few days of wretched weather that doorways were not all the same.
▪ It's just a toy, but it's astonishing all the same.
▪ The certificates, however, were not all the same.
▪ These strips are all the same, a sort of busy evolutionary seashore.
▪ We might speak different languages but we're all the same.
▪ Well thought, all the same!
▪ Yet all the same, progress resulted.
all the time
▪ But all the time, Cranston said, the cost of keeping his place in the U. S. Senate grew more expensive.
▪ Gives the idea of slogging uphill all the time on skins.
▪ I wish I could have represented them all the time.
▪ If he likes to paint, he chooses intense colors all the time.
▪ Indeed he gave 50-50 decisions to Linfield all the time.
▪ They, they keep the word middle in there all the time.
▪ We do have a global village, more and more all the time.
▪ Without these teeth sticking out all the time, she might even look human.
all the while
▪ All the while I was in college, Joan was traveling.
▪ But all the while he was learning and soon the time had come when he was no longer satisfied to design for others.
▪ He talked to her as if they were lovers, all the while keeping a knife pressed against her throat.
▪ Phillis without a frown or smile Sat and knotted, and knotted and knotted and knotted all the while.
▪ The bugle sounded the charge; the horsemen's pace increased, but remained all the while under control.
▪ The weather was perfect all the while we were there, the evenings very lovely, moonlight softened by fog.
▪ Yet all the while she spoke with me, she never made a sound nor expressed any sadness or regret.
all things considered
▪ All things considered, it's the wrong time for us to start our own business.
▪ It wasn't the best game I've ever seen. But, all things considered, it wasn't too bad either.
▪ Andre is a good choice, all things considered.
▪ Might be the sensible thing to do, all things considered.
▪ Not bad, all things considered.
▪ Roots is the title, and not a bad one, all things considered.
▪ So, all things considered, I think I have done all right, handled my problem as well as it could have been handled.
▪ Went down well, all things considered.
all told
▪ Craig MacTavish retired last season as the last player to compete without a helmet-17 years all told.
▪ He couldn't have bled a great deal, perhaps a cupful all told.
▪ He said the doctors all told him the injury was going to happen anyway.
▪ It's all told in a bouncy rhyme, with outrageously funny pictures.
▪ It will take four to six years, all told.
▪ Our 12-day tour, Rome to Sicily, cost us each about $ 1, 500, all told.
▪ They take eighteen hours all told, including the overnight soaking.
all too often
▪ I've seen cases of this kind of child abuse all too often.
▪ But what should be a happy and fulfilling experience all too often is not.
▪ Farmers still have the problem of overcoming the stigma which all too often young people attach to working on the land.
▪ In regard to the use of field interviewers, the social and psychological aspects of studies are all too often ignored.
▪ It is somehow reassuring that, all too often, there is a not a table to be had.
▪ Sadly, their struggles all too often end up in disillusionment and sometimes, in death.
▪ Successful experiments all too often remain marginal, if they have no political clout.
▪ The first time they're a novelty, after that they're all too often an irritation.
▪ Yet gays turning to churches and other institutions for help all too often were told not to worry.
all too/only too
▪ Violent behavior is all too common in our society.
all work and no play (makes Jack a dull boy)
all's fair in love and war
▪ Ah, come on; all's fair in love and war, Cameron.
all's well that ends well
and (all) that
▪ A small part of law work, and that of a very low status, is concerned with the working class.
▪ In this way, the student can gain confidence by knowing that he made the decisions and that they were sensible ones.
▪ They were the things we always did, and that night we took a darling nap and did them all again.
▪ Waugh is indeed aware of it, and that is the piercing tragedy at the heart of Brideshead.
▪ We have learned only that he told the news, and that the people cried out in anguish.
and all that business
and all that jazz
▪ Yeah, bring in the candy bars, the cookies, and all that jazz.
▪ The cookies and all that jazz.
and all the rest of it
▪ Capitalist accompanies its development with a fanfare about freedom of choice, free markets, and all the rest of it.
▪ Groan, groan, and all the rest of it.
▪ I've already lost one house and a business and a car, two cars, and all the rest of it.
▪ I understand the problems in hung Parliaments, and all the rest of it.
▪ None of the overtones of subordination and all the rest of it would have been present to the Hebrew.
▪ The cooking and cleaning and homework-checking and shopping and all the rest of it.
▪ Told me I was jumping to conclusions and weaving fantasies and all the rest of it.
▪ You couldn't care less about education and health and all the rest of it.
at all times
▪ Carry your passport with you at all times.
▪ Keep your hotel door locked at all times.
▪ Many books recommend carrying your passport with you at all times.
▪ He made a point of chatting to her at all times.
▪ He measured CO2 at all times of the day and night.
▪ Neighbours say the animals bark incessantly at all times of the day and night.
▪ Now she had to consider another person's wishes at all times.
▪ Rice dresses immaculately and stylishly at all times, on the field and off.
▪ To help other people at all times.
▪ We can remind ourselves of, and help our children to realise, the need at all times for compassion.
be (all) of a piece
▪ But it really is all of a piece in the end.
▪ It was all of a piece with them.
▪ It was of a piece with the neglected timber, the weedy gravel and the minatory notices which guarded the bounds.
▪ Lehane does, but then that is of a piece with the rest of this marvellous book.
▪ Murray's sensitive readings of Marvell's poetry argue that the life is of a piece with the work.
▪ My body was all of a piece, it did not have any seams.
be (all) to the good
▪ If the higher insurance rates means that drivers will be extra careful, then it's all to the good.
▪ And I think you will agree it will be to the best advantage of all if the holidays were curtailed.
▪ If he had something special for her, that was all to the good.
▪ It was encouraging, it was all to the good, it made his decision seem timely, fixed to favorable circumstances.
▪ One can reckon that to be all to the good, from a stranger.
▪ That would be all to the good.
▪ This is all to the good.
▪ This meant all trains had to stop and, as Lydham Heath was our station, this was all to the good.
▪ This will increase efficiency and be to the good of the respective communities.
be (all) water under the bridge
▪ However, this is water under the bridge.
▪ To some extent, that is water under the bridge.
be a bit of all right
be all downhill (from here)/be downhill all the way (from here)
be all ears
▪ Everyone was all ears as soon as I mentioned a cash prize.
▪ Go ahead, I'm all ears.
▪ Tell me exactly what happened. I'm all ears.
be all fingers and thumbs
▪ She was all fingers and thumbs - and worry.
be all fingers and thumbs
▪ She was all fingers and thumbs - and worry.
be all in a day's work
be all mouth
▪ He knew his son was all mouth and trousers but fair is fair, and family is family.
be all of a twitter
be all over bar the shouting
be all sweetness and light
▪ The negotiations were not all sweetness and light.
be all talk
▪ Ralph's all talk. I wouldn't take him too seriously if I were you.
▪ Britain is all talk and no action.
▪ His critics leaped on his decision not to run, saying that Kemp was all talk and no action.
▪ Revival is all talk LET'S be honest about it, the great Kendall revival is not going to happen.
▪ The right Hon. Gentleman is all talk and no fight.
▪ Until yesterday it was all talk.
be all the better for sth
▪ And it was all the better for being hosted by real-deal Alice Cooper rather than fat phoney Phill Jupitus.
▪ And the piece was all the better for it.
▪ My grandmother therefore moulded my life, and I believe I am all the better for it.
▪ Spa towns, though, are all the better for looking somewhat passé and Eaux-Bonnes is more passé than most.
▪ The game at Twickenham today will be all the better for the inclusion of the National Anthem.
▪ Well, a statement like that is all the better for proof, but go on, anyway.
be all the rage
▪ Before the war, ragtime was all the rage in the dancehalls.
▪ Buying a cabin in the mountains may be all the rage at the moment, but is it really a sound investment?
▪ A few years ago, heat pumps were all the rage.
▪ Beau: Battledress is all the rage now for traffic patrol.
▪ Blackpatch Hill will be all the rage for the Bessborough Handicap whatever his price.
▪ But an Examiner computer analysis has uncovered a new trend: Human names are all the rage for canines.
▪ Financial engineering was all the rage.
▪ International equity issues are all the rage.
▪ When John Moores set up the first Littlewoods catalogue in 1932, housewives' shopping clubs were all the rage.
be all things to all men/people
▪ I finally realized I could not be all things to all people.
▪ Andrea felt tremendous pressure to succeed, to continue to be all things to all people.
▪ Anyway, these compendiums try to be all things to all people.
▪ For years, the stores had managed to be all things to all people.
▪ In this sense many of the international firms will try to be all things to all people.
▪ It is all things to all men ... and this is perhaps its number one axiom.
▪ No-one is all things to all people, and Anthea is no exception.
▪ Politicians have to be all things to all people.
▪ The single truck was all things to all men and women.
be blazed across/all over sth
be firing on all cylinders
▪ The latter is a book in which the author is firing on all cylinders.
▪ This company is firing on all cylinders.
▪ Your Reticular Activating System is firing on all cylinders, your cortex is turning somersaults.
be firing/running on all cylinders
▪ The latter is a book in which the author is firing on all cylinders.
▪ This company is firing on all cylinders.
▪ Your Reticular Activating System is firing on all cylinders, your cortex is turning somersaults.
be laughing all the way to the bank
be not all there
▪ And of course he was not all there in his head.
▪ But this is not all there is to communication.
▪ It was as though he was not all there, Jack thought.
be struck all of a heap
be with sb all the way
▪ I applaud their efforts, and I'm with them all the way.
best of all
▪ You can lose five pounds a week on this diet. And best of all, you never have to feel hungry.
▪ But Black Mountain was often not the best of all possible worlds.
▪ I'd have liked best of all to have stuffed his mouth with hay.
▪ I appeal to all who have ever known this best of all hospitals - fight for Bart's.
▪ Of all the participants Reagan came out best of all.
▪ Oh, but best of all was the chair in which I myself was destined momentarily to sit.
▪ That was the thing he loved best of all: running free.
▪ The Corps was a know-how, can-do outfit, possibly the best of all the outfits that came to town.
blow sth (up) out of (all) proportion
▪ This case has been blown totally out of proportion because of the media attention.
▪ The issue was blown far out of proportion.
bugger all
▪ I hope she does some work at home. She does bugger all in the office.
▪ You'll get bugger all thanks for helping them.
by all means!
by/from all accounts
▪ By all accounts, Garcia was an excellent manager.
▪ Astor was a shy, austere and, by all accounts, unlovable man.
▪ But Alice was the only one of the Pritchetts who had, from all accounts, risen above her station in life.
▪ Caligula was degenerate but, by all accounts, did not deign to hide the fact.
▪ Elephants, by all accounts, were pretty strong too.
▪ Now there's Dan Crawley in hospital with the pneumonia, and poor Jenny is penniless by all accounts.
▪ Shaughnessy was a heroic figure-a brilliant writer and by all accounts a splendid teacher and leader.
▪ She was calculating and ambitious, and by all accounts at least a competent journalist.
▪ The original building was, by all accounts, demolished when St. John's railway station was constructed on its present site.
carry all/everything before you
▪ For much of 1981 and early 1982 the Social Democrats seemed to carry all before them.
▪ Hollywood had carried all before it but even the Hollywood product was fairly diversified.
▪ Neath carried all before them in winning the inaugural Heineken League last season - or did they?
▪ The conventional view, then as now, was that Lanfranc had carried all before him in asserting the rights of Canterbury.
come over (all) shy/nervous etc
cover (all) the bases
▪ Stacked humbuckers are one solution but Chandler's Firebird pickups cover all the bases equally well, while sounding refreshingly individual.
damn all
▪ As the mysterious man following Blackeyes, Nigel Planer speaks at last, though he has damn all to say.
▪ He replied that he knew damn all about it but would swear it was.
▪ Oh, damn all this killing.
▪ She had damn all in the way of information, let alone the illusion of town hall propaganda.
dash it (all)!
do all right (for yourself/herself etc)
▪ Anyway, I did all right.
▪ He did all right in that Navy movie, whatever it was.
▪ Wow, so you guys must do all right then, him?
end your life/end it all
feel peculiar/come over all peculiar
for all I know
▪ I opened the window, and for all I know it's still open.
▪ It cost millions. It could be billions for all I know.
▪ And they probably have cameras on it for all I know.
▪ During the war for all I know?
▪ He might even be her source, for all I knew.
▪ Snow and ice were deadly for all I knew, never having driven on either.
▪ The real losers will, for all I know, eat dirt.
▪ There were a few people around, polishing and sweeping, and maybe spreading incense for all I knew.
▪ You might be from the newspapers, for all I know.
for all practical purposes
▪ For all practical purposes, the cleanup of the oil spill is complete.
▪ For all practical purposes, the country is bankrupt.
▪ But, for all practical purposes you can say that a wind angle of 60° produces maximum drift.
▪ Computerized free language indexing is, for all practical purposes, the same as natural language indexing.
▪ Indeed for all practical purposes he owned us.
▪ Most of the 54 stories reproduced here, even the previously published ones, were, for all practical purposes, lost.
▪ The edit display screen can only be used, for all practical purposes, for cutting and pasting.
▪ Yet for all practical purposes, Windows was Macintosh.
for all sb cares
▪ "Dave's moving to Boston." "He can move to Timbuktu, for all I care."
for all the world as if/as though/like
for all you are/he is etc worth
for/to all practical purposes
▪ But, for all practical purposes you can say that a wind angle of 60° produces maximum drift.
▪ Computerized free language indexing is, for all practical purposes, the same as natural language indexing.
▪ Indeed for all practical purposes he owned us.
▪ Most of the 54 stories reproduced here, even the previously published ones, were, for all practical purposes, lost.
▪ The edit display screen can only be used, for all practical purposes, for cutting and pasting.
▪ Yet for all practical purposes, Windows was Macintosh.
get away from it all
Get away from it all in sunny Barbados.
▪ Coe, on the other hand, is getting away from it all with a weeks holiday in Helsinki.
give sb time/a few weeks/all day etc
go all out
▪ If Hal went all out, he could win any one of them; but that would be bad for morale.
▪ If Lynne Perrie wants something she believes in going all out to get it.
▪ Marketers go all out for these events.
▪ On my last day as head of the mess Sanborn and his staff went all out.
▪ The Bordeaux exhibition goes all out for an abundance of images.
▪ The poplars and fireweed have gone all out for flight, compromises be damned.
▪ Three, you went all out to persuade me to call Sandy to break the news about Ed's murder.
▪ Well, you have to go all out for it.
go all the way (with sb)
▪ A lower court forgave the debt, but the case went all the way to the Supreme Court.
▪ But it was touch and go all the way.
▪ If you went all the way across the Lake of Dreams you'd end up in the Lake of Death.
▪ Imagine going all the way to Inverness for a pint of milk ... Maybe that was for the cat, too.
▪ She is very tough mentally and determined and should go all the way to a medal.
▪ The chair went all the way back, folded out, so his feet were out.
▪ The sun went all the way down and I was standing in the purple darkness.
go the way of all flesh
go/be beyond (all) reason
▪ Their demands go beyond all reason.
▪ But by this time Maidstone was beyond all reason.
▪ He is beyond reason, Diniz.
▪ It was beyond all reason that Hal, who had performed flawlessly for so long, should suddenly turn assassin.
▪ Their condition is beyond reason, but it is certainly not, as they believe, beyond cure.
hang it (all)
▪ Adrienne paused to scan her face before taking her coat and hanging it in the closet.
▪ And you can hang it up.
▪ He hangs it out of sight, through a curtained doorway next to the bar.
▪ He weaves an apple blossom wreath and hangs it from a branch.
▪ Take off your coat and hang it up.
▪ Their decision to hang it on a beam in the barn was an acknowledgment of how little it belonged.
▪ They looked around for somewhere to hang it.
have (got) sth/sb (all) to yourself
▪ Helen used to have the house to herself.
▪ I have said to myself that that is wrong.
▪ I must have been jealous of her life away from me, and wished to have her entirely to myself.
▪ Most of the people in the boardinghouse would go home, and he and I would have the house to ourselves.
▪ Mummy stopped the car at once, even though the pizza parlour was so crowded that they couldn't have a table to themselves.
▪ Of course, the Little Sprouts and the Plumpsters could have kept to themselves.
▪ She regrets she is so much in the way of the young people, who really should have some time to themselves.
▪ They could; and should have won this match and the players have to look to themselves.
have sth (all) to herself
▪ She had the house to herself while her parents were gone.
▪ Helen used to have the house to herself.
▪ How could she have done this to herself?
have sth (all) to himself
▪ Jerry wanted to have the company all to himself.
▪ But he might just as well have been talking to himself.
▪ Did Mr Oakley mean he was going to have a room to himself?
▪ I wanted Seve to have the stage to himself - he'd earned it.
▪ If he can't have you all to himself, he won't want you at all.
▪ She had hoped Travis would have kept it to himself.
have sth (all) to myself
▪ I had a whole lane in the swimming pool to myself.
▪ I didn't have Mum to myself because all the others were around.
▪ I get home and I have no time to myself.
▪ I have a duty to myself and to my reader to express what follows with truth and dignity.
▪ I have an office to myself.
▪ I have been re-transformed to myself and this civilised gloom.
▪ I have said to myself that that is wrong.
▪ I must have been jealous of her life away from me, and wished to have her entirely to myself.
▪ The bedroom upstairs is all ready for my brother, and I'd prefer to have that floor to myself anyway.
have sth (all) to yourself
▪ Do you feel like you don't have any time to yourself?
have sth written all over it
have sth/be written all over your face
have/know all the answers
▪ Anyone can claim to have all the answers.
▪ But I don't have all the answers.
▪ He was a modest and unassuming man who never gave the impression that he knew all the answers.
▪ In the current situation many issues as yet remain unresolved and we do not have all the answers.
▪ We are supposed to have all the answers.
▪ Will that have all the answers?
hold all the cards
▪ In areas such as research, larger well-financed firms hold all the cards.
▪ It seemed that he held all the cards and that there was nothing she could do but say 'yes'.
▪ Politically, the logging industry holds all the cards.
▪ But it just seemed that he held all the cards, he made all the decisions.
▪ He held all the cards and it would be an upset if he lost.
▪ Men still held all the cards.
▪ Nowhere else does the evolutionary battle take place in an arena where, in effect, one player holds all the cards.
▪ Ross did hold all the cards, she acknowledged bitterly.
in all honesty
▪ In all honesty, I'm thinking of taking another year off.
▪ But in all honesty... he needs a long rest.
▪ It was not, in all honesty, an auspicious debut.
▪ Many have been produced in all honesty as book illustrations or in celebration of some interesting event or anniversary.
in all innocence
▪ His alibi turns out to have been provided, in all innocence, by his twin!
▪ The offended divinity gave not a thought to whether the youth had purposely insulted her or had come there in all innocence.
in all likelihood
▪ In all likelihood, Davis will be traded to the Dallas Cowboys.
▪ After all, my reputation is in all likelihood blasted in any event.
▪ I shall die when I am between seventy-five and eighty, in all likelihood.
▪ Nader's presidential run, in all likelihood, will cost Gore the White House.
▪ Principally, says Stern, because Molto is, in all likelihood, not going to testify.
▪ Ray, in all likelihood, would refuse.
▪ Stress is high, but in all likelihood, enough things are going well to keep you afloat for now.
▪ Ten thousand dollars, which in all likelihood has been accruing interest all this time.
▪ That necessary ditching, in all likelihood, will now be done in time for the next election.
in all modesty
▪ In all modesty, I think I've matured quite a bit since those days.
in all probability
▪ In all probability, Kelsey will resign by the end of the year.
▪ In all probability, parts of the church date from even earlier than the twelfth century.
▪ She knew that, in all probability, he was seeing other women as well as herself.
▪ He did not because in all probability he did not know himself.
▪ He graded it an unlikely E7 6c - unlikely in that it is, in all probability, much harder.
▪ My dear little Louisa too is just at a critical age, teething in all probability.
▪ That the fox was exhausted is questionable for it did gain the cover of the woods and in all probability survived.
▪ The tamarin will be preserved, in all probability, only if zoos throughout the world cooperate in breeding programmes.
▪ This wider region will in all probability reflect the district, regional or area organisation and/or competition structure of many governing bodies.
▪ We knew that we were in all probability going to die before the day was gone.
▪ You will not be in a condition to care about shaving, for example, for a few days in all probability anyway.
in all seriousness
▪ He asked me, in all seriousness, if I would marry him next week.
▪ She had heard someone say, in all seriousness, that women would never make good golfers because of the shape of their bodies.
▪ Did you feel, in all seriousness, you were dying?
▪ Nothing is so funny as something done in all seriousness.
▪ The material on which the congressional record is founded is done there every day in all seriousness.
▪ We wonder in all seriousness if alcohol had anything to do with it.
in all weathers
▪ She loves gardening -- she's out in her garden in all weathers.
▪ There are homeless people sleeping on the streets of London in all weathers.
▪ He worked all hours, day and night, and in all weathers.
▪ I would go out in all weathers, at all times: exercise was an addiction.
▪ If you venture out in all weathers, you need a compact camera that can brave the elements, too.
▪ Some ideas he rejected, such as the liquid developed at Derby County for making pitches usable in all weathers.
▪ They worked round the clock, in all weathers, scooping fish from the Newfoundland seas.
▪ We go out in all weathers.
▪ What is the best material, that keeps its shape, lasts in all weathers and takes lettering and varnish?
▪ Women usually had to call for their work and were often kept waiting in all weathers.
in all your born days
▪ Have you ever in all your born days seen the like?
▪ I never saw so many snarls in all my born days.
in all/everything but name
▪ I always feel they are open meetings in everything but name.
▪ Since then the craggy little republic of 650,000-odd people has been independent in all but name.
▪ Soon Jack and Courtney's marriage was also over in everything but name.
▪ The players should therefore be treated like the professionals they are in all but name, and be paid for their work.
in every particular/in all particulars
▪ Hann's analysis is right in almost all particulars.
in no time (at all)/in next to no time
it all adds up
▪ Still, it all adds up to an interesting polemic.
▪ Twenty hours, $ 14m and 33 actors-it all adds up to...
it takes all sorts (to make a world)
it will all come out in the wash
it'll (all) end in tears
it'll (all) end in tears
it'll be all right on the night
it's all Greek to me
it's all about sb/sth
it's all go
▪ It's all go around here this morning. Ten new orders, all marked "URGENT'.
▪ Yes, it's all go on the rumour exchange and let me stress that these are but a few of the juiciest.
it's all go
▪ Better to accept it's all gone.
▪ But it is starting to look as though it's all going sour.
▪ But now they're here it's all going splendidly.
▪ It's all gone very quiet over there!
▪ It can't be helped ... Together for an instant and then smash it's all gone still its worth it.
▪ Now it's all gone quiet.
▪ So it's all going to go ahead as per the script.
▪ Yes, it's all go on the rumour exchange and let me stress that these are but a few of the juiciest.
it's all good
▪ Don't worry about it man - it's all good.
▪ But it's all good practice, a good day out.
▪ It's all good clean shaven fun.
it's all in the mind
it's all right
▪ It's all right. Mommy's here now.
▪ I think it's all right.
▪ I will do the opposite, if it's all right by you-and always be glad you came.
▪ It's all right but he prefers Cabanaconda.
▪ It's all right, my darling, Mrs Jourdelay's driving us.
▪ Now, Benny, it's all right.
it's all right for sb
▪ But if it's all right for wives to have this status, then it's all right for cohabitees too.
▪ It's all right for you.
it's all the same to sb
▪ We can go out to eat if you want - it's all the same to me.
▪ Well, if it's all the same to you, we would rather be the judges of that.
it's/that's all right
it's/that's all very well, but ...
just/all the same
▪ The potatoes were a little overcooked, but delicious all the same.
▪ He made beer the same way as his grandfather had and today it's brewed just the same way.
▪ My father was a Hasid but he wanted us to know the Scriptures just the same.
▪ Some have felt they were all the same, maybe even the Apostle John.
▪ The look will be different, but the content, the coverage and the crack will be just the same.
▪ These strips are all the same, a sort of busy evolutionary seashore.
▪ Trout fishing is often a great challenge, but rewarding just the same, with gorgeous colored fish and the streamside beauty.
▪ Well, if it's all the same to you, we would rather be the judges of that.
▪ Yet all the same, progress resulted.
least of all
▪ Dave doesn't take anything seriously, least of all himself.
▪ Nobody wants to stop you from following the career of your choice, least of all me.
▪ She told no one, least of all her husband, what she planned to do.
▪ James was no model of deportment anywhere, least of all in his marital and other personal relations.
▪ Life is no bed of roses for the new dealer, least of all if female and of a gullible disposition.
▪ No one thought it was a goal of mine, least of all me.
▪ Nobody, least of all the chancellor, one suspects, is banking on this.
▪ Not least of all, it is the San Diego neighborhood that many gays have long embraced as their own.
▪ They were not people who smiled much, least of all at children.
▪ This wasn't yet a case for the police, least of all for him.
▪ Truth is, no one has laughed at the inconsistent Campbell lately, least of all the Nets.
let it all hang out
▪ Each time you let it all hang out, you lower your threshold for doing it again.
▪ My face resembled the back of one of those baboons who let it all hang out at mating time.
▪ Now you can anonymously let it all hang out online.
▪ Was it possible to go too far, or should he just let it all hang out?
▪ We let it all hang out.
love (from sb)/lots of love/all my love
make (all) the right noises (about sth)
make (all) the running
▪ As the race started, Dettori decided to make the running.
▪ Busy Martin Ling made the running.
▪ Collins made the running down the left and found Slater at the back-post.
▪ Hodkinson, encouraged by his corner, was now making all the running.
▪ Painfully and in the open she had to make all the running.
▪ That was precisely what women had done in the past - sit back and wait for men to make the running.
▪ The wary fighter backs off from you and so must be encouraged to make all the running.
▪ When this is so, a visit will always go well if they are allowed to make the running.
not (all) that long/many etc
▪ And not that many women really feel comfortable going for the jugular.
▪ He doesn't recognize the name, not that many people seem to know his or that of his publisher.
▪ He would do the job himself if he had the time-and had the job not that many years ago.
▪ I was told the rules, there were not that many and most were sensible.
▪ McPhail, 20, is making a run for the board not that long after having graduated from the system himself.
▪ So there is not that long a wait.
▪ Thankfully there were not that many in cars.
▪ Well, maybe not that many things.
not at all
▪ I do not like his attitude at all.
▪ No, no, no, that's wrong. That's not what I meant at all.
▪ She's not at all happy about the situation.
▪ The changes were not at all surprising.
▪ But better in the nick of time than not at all.
▪ Everything is preserved perfectly or not at all.
▪ For example, the abstract either comes first or not at all.
▪ He's not at all well.
▪ I see her again, very straight, dressed in light colors, not at all showy.
▪ She pushes down her dress but is not at all embarrassed.
▪ Their steady, reliable earnings growth attracts investors primarily when the economy is growing slowly or not at all.
not in (all/good) conscience
▪ And apologists for Labour's refusal to organise in Northern Ireland can not in all conscience describe themselves as democrats.
▪ I have a hard time separating one statement resulting from torture from another and I can not in good conscience do so.
▪ Yet as Dunkers they could not in conscience support the use of force or pay disrespect to the Crown.
of all people
▪ "Annie" was directed by John Huston, of all people.
▪ Why is Jennifer Stern, of all people, so important?
▪ You of all people should have realized the risks.
▪ You of all people shouldn't be calling him worthless.
▪ How could this go unnoticed by, of all people, the subjects themselves?
▪ I've been cursed for wanting Elian back with his father, of all people.
▪ It was Gentle, of all people.
▪ Now its humiliation has been deepened by, of all people, a second-hand car salesman.
▪ One way is to emphasize the inherent innocence of all people with the disease.
▪ The incident that occurred and of all people me.
▪ Why, of all people, him.
of all stripes/of every stripe
of all things
▪ Jones left his job and became, of all things, a priest.
▪ After all, in the hallucinogenic world of the militias, the government is the enemy of all things good and true.
▪ He likens creation to a painter mixing just four pigments to form the likenesses of all things.
▪ His journey includes an examination of all things.
▪ One of my mess-mates was killed by a beer barrel, of all things.
▪ She's the voice of all things that don't get a voice.
▪ She heard, of all things, a piano.
▪ That of all things he did not wish responsibility for.
▪ The meeting promises a veritable smorgasbord of all things otherworldly, this time with a focus on those eerie Phoenix lights.
old Uncle Tom Cobbleigh and all
on all fours
▪ Billy was down on all fours playing with the puppy.
on all/several/both etc counts
▪ Bright was turned down on both counts by Field, whose principal consideration was the weather.
▪ By contrast, Gordon says, the Net fails on several counts.
▪ He had failed on both counts.
▪ He was convicted by a jury on all counts and sentenced to 41 months in prison.
▪ He was too ambitious on both counts.
▪ I am afraid that, on all counts, it is going to fall down.
▪ I find this unconvincing on several counts.
▪ Missing Valuables Dear Missing: Yes, on both counts.
on/from all sides
▪ Add 6-8 chicken pieces and fry for 5 minutes on all sides.
▪ Add the kidneys when the foam subsides and sauté them quickly until browned on all sides, in about 5min. 2.
▪ Heat until water simmers, add sausages, and cook until water evaporates, 5 to 7 minutes, on all sides.
▪ In and out, on and off, they're coming at us from all sides.
▪ Press the rice into the tin, cover it with foil and press down on all sides until it is compressed.
▪ Realism was the order of the day on all sides.
▪ The great fires lighted on all sides continued to blaze until morning.
▪ The tower of flame over Orleans draws in winds from all sides.
once and for all
▪ Let's settle this matter once and for all.
▪ I had to destroy, once and for all, the vicious circle of poverty and economic stagnation.
▪ I was perilously close to being touched once and for all.
▪ Jackson proved once and for all he was no longer the kid star of the Jackson Five days.
▪ No magic wand exists that can be waved once and for all to end injustice.
▪ Only by exploring these patterns, their causes and effects, is there any possibility of breaking them once and for all.
▪ Seismic tomography showed once and for all that the mantle was indeed in motion.
▪ This was supposed to be her final victory over him, supposed to establish her rule once and for all.
▪ Three blocks south, fancier houses in the 700 block of Commercial Street were shuttered once and for all.
one and all
▪ The pastor is a friend to one and all.
▪ At four corners are smaller octagons, replicas in design of the large one and all very tall.
▪ Hence, the First Amendment, which is meant to encourage gaseous emissions from one and all.
▪ Her professionalism, dedication and attitude should be an example to one and all.
▪ Marge was busy hugging one and all, including Miss Rose, who did not relish a hug.
▪ So Ford took concrete steps to get the idea across to one and all.
▪ They are one and all friendly, kind and tolerant - largely I surmise by virtue of my wife and her approachability.
▪ Unimpeachable classics, one and all.
▪ Yet the program aims to treat one and all with professional respect.
out of (all) proportion
▪ Athletes are a mirror of society, even if sometimes their images are blown out of proportion.
▪ Like the cabalistic use of hints and allusions, it achieves results seemingly out of proportion to the measures employed.
▪ Likewise, the scare associated with the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island was blown out of proportion.
▪ So far, the intensity of these controversies is all out of proportion to the seriousness of the suspected offenses.
▪ The paranoia's got out of proportion.
▪ The scare has been blown out of proportion, said John Marchello, professor of animal science at the University of Arizona.
▪ We mustn't get things out of proportion.
▪ With men it's totally out of proportion.
piss all over sb
▪ Basically we pissed all over them, and out-classed them in every department.
press/push (all) the right buttons
▪ He pushed all the right buttons.
▪ These are words which are all designed to press the right buttons among women voters.
pull out all the stops
▪ Fred's pulling out all the stops for his daughter's wedding.
▪ If we pull out all the stops we should still be able to meet our deadline.
▪ They gave me a great leaving party - they really pulled out all the stops.
▪ CafÄ Pinot is pulling out all the stops with its four-course aphrodisiac menu.
▪ Judith Milner, a Healthcare consultant from Leeds pulls out all the stops when it comes to selling the range of services.
▪ Lott pulled out all the stops.
▪ Miss Pickering's pulled out all the stops this time.
▪ Soap bosses pulled out all the stops so football fever could infect Albert Square.
▪ There were occasions when Bloomsbury House pulled out all the stops on behalf of children who were clearly gifted - usually in the arts.
▪ We pulled out all the stops and gave the company a response in record time.
put all your eggs in one basket
sb is all wet
▪ I peer into the rain for a glimpse of Storskarfjell, but it is all wet misery to the south.
▪ It is all wet and then he had like a side view of it.
▪ Yes, the point at which we conclude that your reasoning is all wet.
seen one ... seen them all
some people have all the luck
▪ It costs a fortune to buy a Porsche - some people have all the luck.
sth is not all/everything it's cracked up to be
that's about it/all
▪ I've seen her around a few times, but that's about it.
▪ There's some ham in the fridge, and that's about it.
▪ Behaviour in a vacuum may be very interesting but that's about all.
▪ I can tell the difference between a sparrow and a swan and that's about it.
▪ Oh well, that's about it.
▪ Soundblaster effects such as laser fire and explosions are terrific but that's about it.
▪ That's about all I can tell you.
▪ That's about it for this month.
▪ They're very big, and they're very expensive, and that's about all you can say for them.
▪ Unfortunately when it comes to originality that's about all the game has to offer.
that's all I need/that's just what I didn't need
that's all she wrote
that's quite all right
that's/it's all well and good
▪ If that helps the government keep up with their debt repayments, that's all well and good.
the ... to end all ...
▪ He had surely taken part in the war to end all wars.
▪ It was the cathedral to end all cathedrals.
▪ The big one's coming, the war to end all wars.
▪ The funeral to end all funerals.
▪ The pageant to end all pageants.
▪ The plot concerns a strategy conceived and agreed by the women of the world to end all wars.
the all clear
the be-all and end-all
Is food and comfort the be-all and end-all?
▪ However, it was said that looking at the employee's base was not the be-all and end-all.
▪ However, weight is not the be-all and end-all and you must keep a check on your general shape and fitness.
the best/biggest etc ... of all time
▪ And seeing as it was my brainchild, would you not say it was possibly the best commercial of all time?
▪ Surely the biggest robbery of all time was the $ 900m that the Dome stole from lottery funds?
▪ That's the biggest understatement of all time!
▪ You could call that round the biggest fluke of all time....
the fount of all knowledge/wisdom etc
▪ But these pronouncements should not be taken as the fount of all wisdom.
▪ Cassie Willmott, the fount of all knowledge.
tick all the right boxes
time is a great healer/heals all wounds
to all intents and purposes
to cap it all (off)
▪ I had a terrible day at work, and to cap it all off I got a flat tire.
▪ And to cap it all off, when she was tied-up she couldn't run backwards, so she lay down instead!
▪ And to cap it all she could feel the ominous beginnings of a thundering headache.
▪ And to cap it all, the bland sleazy boredom of it all.
▪ And, to cap it all, Wimbledon won the Cup.
to top it all
▪ And to top it all off, he was gorgeous.
▪ And to top it all, it has pledged to maintain high employment and an annual economic growth rate of 1.9 percent.
▪ And to top it all, there were tax cuts too.
▪ And, to top it all, Holder's doctor informed him he can spend Christmas Day at home with his family.
▪ As if to top it all, we had a small fire at the clinic.
▪ It was the Stones' daunting task, well after midnight, to top it all with a half-dozen songs.
▪ Then to top it all, two of Mary's friends squeezed in with several more parcels.
warts and all
▪ The biography is an in-depth look at Jefferson's life, warts and all.
▪ Carolyn's Diary warts and all!
▪ Frey brings Toulouse-Lautrec vividly to life, warts and all.
▪ Labour retains a fatal mistrust in the only assured source of wealth which, warts and all, is the market economy.
▪ People can now see them warts and all.
▪ This is warts and all film making which, though done to good effect, is hardly uplifting.
we all make mistakes
▪ As I told you once, we all make mistakes in our youth.
what was all that about?
▪ And what was all that about sending him your regards?
what's (all) the hurry?/why (all) the hurry?
what's (all) this?
with (all) due respect
▪ Apparently they had not approached with due respect to the spirits of the Hills.
▪ Dad, with all due respect, was not exactly the most suitable husband.
▪ The Home Office was willingly cooperating with other authorities to ensure the events passed off peacefully and with due respect.
▪ Yet, with all due respect, are there not too many central bankers stalking the globe?
with (the greatest) respect/with (all) due respect
with all guns blazing
▪ Ewood Park is a lucky ground for them and in the first half they went for Blackburn with all guns blazing.
▪ Kasparov has won, but Karpov went down with all guns blazing to an honourable defeat.
▪ Naomi has moved in, with all guns blazing.
with all the trimmings
▪ Imagine watching Monday Night Football in a tiki atmosphere, a deluxe lounge with all the trimmings.
▪ Now it' a renovated house with all the trimmings.
with all your heart
▪ I believed that with all my heart.
▪ And I am glad, yes, glad with all my heart.
▪ And you do it with all your heart in order to f fulfill whatever.
▪ He held that microphone steady with all his heart.
▪ I believe with all my heart that we were about to be overrun.
▪ I wish with all my heart I could believe what you say.
▪ It had seemed right in that split second; now she wished with all her heart that she hadn't done it.
worst of all
▪ Mike's so boring, and worst of all he never stops talking.
▪ And worst of all, the Hare got rid Of far more than the Tortoise did.
▪ And worst of all, their services are no longer in demand.
▪ And, worst of all, you don't remember who you are.
▪ But worst of all were the comparisons being made between Monty Clift and Jekyll and Hyde.
▪ Or, worst of all, exploding at work?
▪ Perhaps worst of all, there are those stressful situations where one is accustomed to turn to tobacco for support.
▪ The twelfth labor was the worst of all.
▪ To abuse hospitality was the most horrid thing; worst of all.
you can't win them all
you need only do sth/all you need do is ...
▪ Look at the dog - he's all happy now!
▪ She was all alone in the house.
▪ Assists is what Earvin is all about.
▪ Just to be all around all those people.
▪ Still, that was Miriam all over.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

All \All\, a. [OE. al, pl. alle, AS. eal, pl. ealle, Northumbrian alle, akin to D. & OHG. al, Ger. all, Icel. allr. Dan. al, Sw. all, Goth. alls; and perh. to Ir. and Gael. uile, W. oll.]

  1. The whole quantity, extent, duration, amount, quality, or degree of; the whole; the whole number of; any whatever; every; as, all the wheat; all the land; all the year; all the strength; all happiness; all abundance; loss of all power; beyond all doubt; you will see us all (or all of us).

    Prove all things: hold fast that which is good.
    --1 Thess. v. 21.

  2. Any. [Obs.] ``Without all remedy.''

    Note: When the definite article ``the,'' or a possessive or a demonstrative pronoun, is joined to the noun that all qualifies, all precedes the article or the pronoun; as, all the cattle; all my labor; all his wealth; all our families; all your citizens; all their property; all other joys.

    Note: This word, not only in popular language, but in the Scriptures, often signifies, indefinitely, a large portion or number, or a great part. Thus, all the cattle in Egypt died, all Judea and all the region round about Jordan, all men held John as a prophet, are not to be understood in a literal sense, but as including a large part, or very great numbers.

  3. Only; alone; nothing but.

    I was born to speak all mirth and no matter.

    All the whole, the whole (emphatically). [Obs.] ``All the whole army.''


All \All\, adv.

  1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. ``And cheeks all pale.''

    Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this word retains its appropriate sense or becomes intensive.

  2. Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.) [Obs. or Poet.] All as his straying flock he fed. --Spenser. A damsel lay deploring All on a rock reclined. --Gay. All to, or All-to. In such phrases as ``all to rent,'' ``all to break,'' ``all-to frozen,'' etc., which are of frequent occurrence in our old authors, the all and the to have commonly been regarded as forming a compound adverb, equivalent in meaning to entirely, completely, altogether. But the sense of entireness lies wholly in the word all (as it does in ``all forlorn,'' and similar expressions), and the to properly belongs to the following word, being a kind of intensive prefix (orig. meaning asunder and answering to the LG. ter-, HG. zer-). It is frequently to be met with in old books, used without the all. Thus Wyclif says, ``The vail of the temple was to rent:'' and of Judas, ``He was hanged and to-burst the middle:'' i. e., burst in two, or asunder. All along. See under Along. All and some, individually and collectively, one and all. [Obs.] ``Displeased all and some.'' --Fairfax. All but.

    1. Scarcely; not even. [Obs.]

    2. Almost; nearly. ``The fine arts were all but proscribed.''

      All hollow, entirely, completely; as, to beat any one all hollow. [Low]

      All one, the same thing in effect; that is, wholly the same thing.

      All over, over the whole extent; thoroughly; wholly; as, she is her mother all over. [Colloq.]

      All the better, wholly the better; that is, better by the whole difference.

      All the same, nevertheless. ``There they [certain phenomena] remain rooted all the same, whether we recognize them or not.''
      --J. C. Shairp. ``But Rugby is a very nice place all the same.''
      --T. Arnold. -- See also under All, n.


All \All\, conj. [Orig. all, adv., wholly: used with though or if, which being dropped before the subjunctive left all as if in the sense although.] Although; albeit. [Obs.]

All they were wondrous loth.
--Spenser. [1913 Webster] ||


All \All\, n. The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing; everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole; totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at stake. Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all. --Shak. All that thou seest is mine. --Gen. xxxi. 43. Note: All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a thing, all of us. After all, after considering everything to the contrary; nevertheless. All in all, a phrase which signifies all things to a person, or everything desired; (also adverbially) wholly; altogether. Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee, Forever. --Milton. Trust me not at all, or all in all. --Tennyson. All in the wind (Naut.), a phrase denoting that the sails are parallel with the course of the wind, so as to shake. All told, all counted; in all. And all, and the rest; and everything connected. ``Bring our crown and all.'' --Shak. At all.

  1. In every respect; wholly; thoroughly. [Obs.] ``She is a shrew at al(l).''

  2. A phrase much used by way of enforcement or emphasis, usually in negative or interrogative sentences, and signifying in any way or respect; in the least degree or to the least extent; in the least; under any circumstances; as, he has no ambition at all; has he any property at all? ``Nothing at all.''
    --Shak. ``If thy father at all miss me.''
    --1 Sam. xx. 6.

    Over all, everywhere. [Obs.]

    Note: All is much used in composition to enlarge the meaning, or add force to a word. In some instances, it is completely incorporated into words, and its final consonant is dropped, as in almighty, already, always: but, in most instances, it is an adverb prefixed to adjectives or participles, but usually with a hyphen, as, all-bountiful, all-glorious, allimportant, all-surrounding, etc. In others it is an adjective; as, allpower, all-giver. Anciently many words, as, alabout, alaground, etc., were compounded with all, which are now written separately.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English eall "all, every, entire," from Proto-Germanic *alnaz (cognates: Old Frisian, Old High German al, Old Norse allr, Gothic alls), with no certain connection outside Germanic.\n

\nCombinations with all meaning "wholly, without limit" were common in Old English (such as eall-halig "all-holy," eall-mihtig "all-mighty") and the method continued to form new compound words throughout the history of English. First record of all out "to one's full powers" is 1880. All-terrain vehicle first recorded 1968. All clear as a signal of "no danger" is recorded from 1902. All right, indicative of approval, is attested from 1953.


init. (context anatomy English) (initialism of anterolateral ligament English)

  1. adj. quantifier; used with either mass or count nouns to indicate the whole number or amount of or every one of a class; "we sat up all night"; "ate all the food"; "all men are mortal"; "all parties are welcome" [syn: all(a)] [ant: some(a), no(a)]

  2. completely given to or absorbed by; "became all attention"


adv. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly'); "he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "it was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; "a whole new idea" [syn: wholly, entirely, completely, totally, altogether, whole] [ant: partially]


All or ALL may refer to:

  • all, an indefinite pronoun in English
  • all, one of the English determiners
  • ALL (complexity), the class of all decision problems in computability and complexity theory
  • All, abbreviation for allyl
  • All, a concept of universal quantification in predicate logic
  • All, a laundry detergent manufactured by Sun Products
  • All, pseudonym of Jim Berger (singer)
  • The All, a Hermetic conception of God
  • Allative case (abbreviated ALL)
  • ALL, ISO 4217 currency code for the Albanian lek
  • all is an ISO 639-3 code for Allar language
All (band)

All is an American punk rock band originally from Los Angeles, currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado, formed by Descendents members Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez, and Stephen Egerton.

All (Descendents album)

All is the fourth album by the American punk rock band the Descendents, released in 1987 through SST Records. It was the band's first album with bassist Karl Alvarez and guitarist Stephen Egerton, who brought new songwriting ideas to the group. The album is titled after the concept of "All" invented by drummer Bill Stevenson and friend Pat McCuistion in 1980. Based on the goals of achieving "the total extent" and "to not settle for some, to always go for All", the philosophy was the subject of the one-second title track, the two-second "No, All!", and "All-O-Gistics".

All marked the end of the Descendents' original run. Following two tours of the United States to promote the album, singer Milo Aukerman left the group to pursue a career in biochemistry. The band was relaunched under the new name All, and released eight albums with other singers between 1988 and 1995 before reuniting with Aukerman under the Descendents name.

All (All album)

All is a self-titled compilation album by the punk rock band All. It was released on February 23, 1999 on All's own label, Owned & Operated.

The album includes remastered songs picked by the fans, a previously unavailable track by Milo Aukerman, and an extensive booklet with lyrics, photos, and a complex family tree of All and the Descendents.

All (I Ever Want)

"All (I Ever Want)" is a song by German recording artist Alexander Klaws. Written by Rob Bolland and produced by Thorsten Brötzmann, it features vocals from singer Sabrina Weckerlin. A German version of the duet, "Alles", was released to promote the RTL television film Held der Gladiatoren (2005). The English version of the song was later included on his third album, Attention! (2006).

ALL (complexity)

In computability and complexity theory, ALL is the class of all decision problems.

All (Horace Silver album)

All (subtitled The United States of Mind Phase 3) is an album by jazz pianist Horace Silver released on the Blue Note label in 1972, featuring performances by Silver with Cecil Bridgewater, Harold Vick, Richie Resnicoff, Bob Cranshaw and Mickey Roker, with vocals by Andy Bey, Salome Bey and Gail Nelson. It is the third of a trilogy of albums later compiled on CD as The United States of Mind.

The Allmusic review awarded the album 1½ stars.

All (song)

"All" was the United Kingdom entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1957 performed in English by Hull born actress and occasional singer Patricia Bredin. It was a ballad and at a length of 1:52 minutes, it had the distinction of being the shortest entry in the history of the Contest until Finland in 2015 as well as being the first song to be performed in English.

The song was performed 3rd on the night (following Luxembourg's " Amours mortes (tant de peine)" and preceding Italy's " Corde della mia chitarra", the latter coincidentally being the longest entry in the history of the contest at 5:09 minutes). The song was placed 7th out of 10 songs, and received a total of 6 points.

No studio recording of the song is known to exist.

Usage examples of "all".

In their aberration they believed it was worth their while to break all the barriers of perception, even if they had to become trees to do that.

But the fateful decisions secretly made, the intrigues, the treachery, the motives and the aberrations which led up to them, the parts played by the principal actors behind the scenes, the extent of the terror they exercised and their technique of organizing it - all this and much more remained largely hidden from us until the secret German papers turned up.

For the mind and the passion of Hitler - all the aberrations that possessed his feverish brain - had roots that lay deep in German experience and thought.

They all shuffle, all these strange lonely children of God, these mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives whose noisy aberrations are safely muffled now by drugs.

Most of all I trust to the generosity of the Hathors, who have abetted me so openly thus far.

The opposition also maintained that such a practice of raising troops was contrary to the oath of coronation, and that all who subscribed were abettors of perjury.

That during the existing insurrection, and as a necessary measure for suppressing the same, all rebels and insurgents, their aiders and abettors within the United States, and all persons discouraging volunteer enlistments, resisting militia drafts, or guilty of any disloyal practice affording aid and comfort to rebels against the authority of the United States, shall be subject to martial law, and liable to trial and punishment by courts-martial or military commissions.

Then the witch with her abhominable science, began to conjure and to make her Ceremonies, to turne the heart of the Baker to his wife, but all was in vaine, wherefore considering on the one side that she could not bring her purpose to passe, and on the other side the losse of her gaine, she ran hastily to the Baker, threatning to send an evill spirit to kill him, by meane of her conjurations.

For if so be it doth not, then may ye all abide at home, and eat of my meat, and drink of my cup, but little chided either for sloth or misdoing, even as it hath been aforetime.

I will abide thee on a good horse with all that we may need for the journey: and now I ask leave.

CHAPTER 12 Winter Amidst of the Mountains In all this they had enough to be busy with, so that time hung not heavy on their hands, and the shadow of the Quest was nowise burdensome to them, since they wotted that they had to abide the wearing of the days till spring was come with fresh tidings.

The said Folk received them in all joy and triumph, and would have them abide there the winter over.

Now Ralph, he and his, being known for friends, these wild men could not make enough of them, and as it were, compelled them to abide there three days, feasting them, and making them all the cheer they might.

God, who, abidingly what He is, yet creates that multitude, all dependent on Him, existing by Him and from Him.

David waited silently, allowing Abie all the time she needed to answer his question.