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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
all-out
adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
an all-out attack (=that is done with a lot of determination)
▪ General Smith was in favour of an all-out attack on the enemy.
an all-out strike (=in which all the workers have stopped working completely)
▪ The company faces an all-out strike next month.
an all-out strikeBritish English (= when all the workers in a factory, industry etc strike)
▪ The dockers voted for an all-out strike.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
assault
▪ Other bands don't: they eschew the arty deliberations of the underground in favour of an all-out assault upon preconceptions and asinine posturing.
attack
▪ I remember their leader turning to go and wondering whether that was his signal for an all-out attack.
▪ Grant launched an all-out attack on these defenses during the gusty,, rainy, and misty dawn of May 12.
▪ An all-out attack by a junior on a senior at a meeting is usually costly, especially if the junior member wins.
▪ Shortly thereafter, Odom called back to say the warning indicators had changed to an all-out attack of 2, 200 missiles.
▪ In response, the country launched an all-out attack on Freetown from Lungi airport on the outskirts of the city.
▪ Prevention is quiet, but politicians who mount all-out attacks on symptoms generate great publicity.
effort
▪ His conclusion also was that our next operation must be an all-out effort to destroy the enemy carriers.
war
▪ The Viet Minh viewed this development with alarm and a declaration for all-out war was issued.
▪ The decision to wage an all-out war against inflation in a country that is not prone to inflation risks disaster.
▪ Western diplomats believe the role of the well-armed Yugoslav military will prove pivotal in deciding whether all-out war erupts in Bosnia.
▪ By now, John was waging what looked to Linda like all-out war.
▪ Genuine international concern over the possibility of all-out war breaking out was expressed on a number of occasions.
▪ Practices regularly lasted for more than six hours and were all-out wars.
▪ From that first introduction it had been all-out war.
▪ The aggressor must be prepared to deliver on his threat, with more bombs and, if necessary, with all-out war.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ There are fears of an all-out war.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Grant launched an all-out attack on these defenses during the gusty,, rainy, and misty dawn of May 12.
▪ His conclusion also was that our next operation must be an all-out effort to destroy the enemy carriers.
▪ Much as she resented her all-out pursuit of Roman, Dana was the sister she had loved all her life.
▪ That was the time to begin all-out prevention of war.
▪ The Viet Minh viewed this development with alarm and a declaration for all-out war was issued.
▪ Union sources thought last night that an all-out strike was unlikely, although various forms of non-co-operation might be considered.
▪ We need an all-out literacy war in the United States.
▪ Western diplomats believe the role of the well-armed Yugoslav military will prove pivotal in deciding whether all-out war erupts in Bosnia.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
all-out

all-out \all-out\ adj. 1. 1 using all available resources. all-out war

Syn: full-scale.

Wiktionary
all-out

a. using every available means adv. In a manner in which one uses every available means, sparing no effort.

WordNet
all-out

adj. using all available resources; "all-out war"; "a full-scale campaign against nuclear power plants" [syn: full-scale]

Usage examples of "all-out".

Jefferson remained at Monticello, Adams at Peacefield, neither taking any part in what quickly became a vicious, all-out battle.

Combat commanders wanted to mount an all-out assault on Texas immediately, withdrawing huge units of the fleet from the Cassiopeian lines.

Until now, it seemed, no one had really thought about what all-out war with the Furies would mean.

The cries of pain and bloodstained clothing of his adversaries made him grateful for the techniques gleaned from his associates in La Justicia, as infallible on the Circle of the Master as in all-out, hand-to-hand combat.

His processing plant in Virginia was nonunion, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union began an all-out boycott campaign against his chickens.

Islas Piedras and that military action will simply be a provocation to all-out war.

Not only was he to do everything he could to uncover both the source and any possible cure for the illness, but he had been additionally instructed to do whatever was necessary to prevent the assassination of the Wahhabi leadership, which all the political minds back in DC agreed would plunge Saudi Arabia into an all-out revolution.

We can decide that we are never going to try to make an all-out effort to remove Saddam before he acquires nuclear weapons but rather will simply try to deter him once he has acquired them, or we can embark on an invasion.

One thing was clear, verability, and nonexistent radar signature, the bouncers though: there was a map outline of North America on would be a last-ditch method to get to the heartland of the which a location had been marked--somewhere in south- Soviet Union to deliver a fatal blow in case of all-out war.

Iraq provides enough of a sense that the armed forces are unlikely to fight that many experts suspect that if we prepare for all-out war, we might not have to fight one.

The bottom line is that the evidence coming out of Iraq provides enough of a sense that the armed forces are unlikely to fight that many experts suspect that if we prepare for all-out war, we might not have to fight one.

Roy proposes an all-out campaign to find them by conventional radio means after the voyagers have emerged from the nospace tube to investigate Planet B.

Though some were cagy, hinting at Amazing Simplicity and Ingenious Devising, whilst giving no details, most of the letters were all-out philo-sophick confessions, showing either an unhealthy naivete, or an inner certainty that the Scheme would never work anyway.

Three days before there had been an all-out assault on the Ant Farm, and Baylor had not recovered from it.

After two years of talk, the American and British staffs remained at loggerheads: the Americans adamant for an all-out smash into France in 1944, the British holding out for less risky operations in the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean.