The Collaborative International Dictionary
All \All\, adv.
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.
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.
Scarcely; not even. [Obs.]
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.
Usage examples of "all-to".
And then Janice is beside her and Janice is asking her what her all-time favorite Simon and Garfunkel song is and soon they are deep in a discussion of 'Homeward Bound' and 'I Am a Rock', the one that goes 'If I'd never loved, I never would have cried.
He looked up at alien stars, swollen things that blinked on and off like the Christmas lights they strung over small-town Main Streets every year on the day after Thanksgiving.
The opposite end of the room was blocked off by a massive wooden counter and a wall-to-wall slab of milky Lucite layered with wire mesh.
You're not some small-time cop anymore, putting people in jail when they do things the government doesn't like.
Outside the windows he saw a New England small-town street under a heavy gray sky.
They inspected the bodies on the seabed, then lifted them-shackles and all-to the surface, quick-froze them, and whipped them back to shore on the institute’s hovercraft for a real inspection.