Definition of all in English:


pronoun, determiner, & predeterminer

  • 1Used to refer to the whole quantity or extent of a particular group or thing.

    [as predeterminer] ‘all the people I met’
    ‘she left all her money to him’
    [as determiner] ‘10 per cent of all cars sold’
    ‘he slept all day’
    [as pronoun] ‘carry all of the blame’
    ‘we all have different needs’
    the whole of the, every bit of the, the complete, the entire, the totality of the
    complete, entire, total, full, utter, perfect, all-out, maximum
    each of, each one of the, every one of the, every single one of the
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    1. 1.1[determiner]Any whatever.
      ‘he denied all knowledge of it’
    2. 1.2[determiner]Used to emphasize the greatest possible amount of a quality.
      ‘they were in all probability completely unaware’
      ‘with all due respect’
    3. 1.3[pronoun], [with clause]The only thing (used for emphasis)
      ‘all I want is to be left alone’
    4. 1.4[pronoun](used to refer to surroundings or a situation in general) everything.
      ‘all was well’
      ‘all is not lost yet’


  • 1Completely.

    ‘dressed all in black’
    ‘she's been all round the world’
    ‘all by himself’
    • ‘You have to get into their last third of the pitch as often as you can and then it is all about the quality of the chance you create.’
    • ‘Miss Pain tried to look cheerful but they looked all dressed up with nowhere to go.’
    • ‘But it was scary in court anyway, with everyone all dressed up just like the real thing.’
    • ‘Tranquillity is one of the central qualities which define what the national park is all about.’
    • ‘We are all dressed up and ready to go, prepared to jump in as soon as the current drops to a diveable speed.’
    • ‘Two birdies at the start of his final round were all well and good, but now it had become three.’
    • ‘Bizarre belts Last year it was all about studded leather belts around rock chic waists.’
    • ‘A woman was at home, all dressed in white, she had her little white pet mouse with her.’
    • ‘He was all dressed up, wearing a suit and a kaffiyeh, he looked really respectable.’
    • ‘From then on, the game was all about the forward confrontation and the boots of Lynagh and Andrew.’
    • ‘He told me all about your lovely black curls and blue eyes, speaking of you as though you were an angel.’
    • ‘She heard some steps coming down the stairs and out of it came Jason, all dressed up and ready for work.’
    • ‘Those monks have had their own way for far too long and this is all about equal opportunities.’
    • ‘The prototype car is all different and I never even gave it a thought that this was the Nextel Cup garage.’
    • ‘He pulled out three black robes, all of the same size as the person wearing it.’
    • ‘And there was me thinking that we have the perfectionism game sewn up all by ourselves.’
    completely, fully, entirely, totally, wholly, absolutely, utterly, outright, thoroughly, altogether, quite, in every respect, in all respects, without reservation, without exception
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    1. 1.1informal Used to emphasize a temporary quality.
      ‘my ankle's gone all wobbly’
      ‘he was all of a dither’
      • ‘Seeing you for the first time made me feel all strange.’
      • ‘Mummy, there's something wrong with Mary. Her face has gone all funny.’
      • ‘A girl in the party on the table next to us suddenly came over all unwell.’
  • 2(in games) used after a number to indicate an equal score.

    ‘after extra time it was still two all’
    • ‘In the 50th minute Conway dropped a great goal from 35 metres leaving the scores at 3 all.’
    • ‘This was a game that went basket for basket with the game level at 14 all for some time.’
    • ‘The junior was on top in the early part of the game only to relax and see her older opponent come back into the game to take the match to two all.’
    • ‘Byes will be recorded as 1-all draws and the team will receive 1 pt.’
    • ‘Gough called set three but at 15 all, two errors handed the game to Palmer.’


  • all along

    • All the time; from the beginning.

      ‘she'd known all along’
      • ‘Rather, you sense the witches' tidings confirm something he has suspected all along.’
      • ‘It's there, maybe it was even there all along because it's so hard to find.’
      • ‘He made some statements that are pure gold, and it is stuff that we have been saying all along.’
      • ‘Then we took mom out for dinner and pretended that we had remembered her birthday all along.’
      • ‘I think it goes to show that, perhaps, just perhaps, Bridget was right all along.’
      • ‘Luckily for Honey, her ticket to fame and fortune has been lurking at her club all along.’
      • ‘This might not be so surprising; maybe it is what the supermarket critics wanted all along.’
      • ‘Katz also said he knew all along that the letter-writing project could backfire.’
      • ‘The concern all along was that the team would not be able to match the other physically.’
      • ‘It wants to pretend that it has the answers, and has known them all along.’
      • ‘Even Samantha wanted true love in the end: it turned out that she'd been scared of it all along.’
      • ‘Jonah just smiled, and I got the distinct impression he'd been planning this all along.’
      • ‘He might be lost in the thickets of the English language; they knew all along that money talks.’
      • ‘And then I got two or three more people to explain it to me and it turns out I understood it all along.’
      • ‘Perhaps part of the attraction had all along been that he wasn't available as a husband, and so as king.’
      • ‘As we said all along, it is the intervention, it is the appropriate mediation.’
      • ‘She then sighed the sigh of a defeated woman before telling me what i'd wanted all along.’
      • ‘They knew all along how big and important this day was for them and for us who were part of the college.’
      • ‘The urge to prove that they have been right all along is so much greater than the need to adapt to new circumstances.’
      • ‘But he says that all along there was evidence to prove the booking was legitimate.’
  • all and sundry

    • Everyone.

      ‘he has borne a lot of unfair criticism from all and sundry’
      • ‘The runner up impressed all and sundry and is one to keep in mind.’
      • ‘It's a scam that includes everyone because it has the effect of appearing to benefit all and sundry.’
      • ‘Jasper, the eight-year-old macaw, was on top form, singing, talking and clicking his tongue at all and sundry.’
      • ‘This has been handed in to Bradford Council and now lies gathering dust in the planning office, completely ignored by all and sundry.’
      • ‘We also encourage all and sundry to support the minister's efforts - he cannot do it alone.’
      • ‘So, plans are in place to make for a good time for all and sundry.’
      • ‘Half a dozen Canterbury players breathed a sigh of relief, then demanded apologies from all and sundry.’
      • ‘Promises have been made to all and sundry that increases, indeed, large increases, will follow.’
      • ‘Chances are you will have already seen this commercial, which has been linked by all and sundry over the past few days.’
      • ‘I should never have tempted fate a couple of weeks ago by proudly declaring to all and sundry that I had never been suspended in my career.’
      • ‘I have exasperated all and sundry and got on everyone's nerves.’
      • ‘She went to the opening and has been raving about it to all and sundry but what they managed on opening night doesn't seem to have been carried through.’
      • ‘Who was the girl who, after being rude to all and sundry, got very drunk at a recent press event?’
      • ‘Judged on her two runs this term she has lost none of her sparkle, and she has been tipped by all and sundry for today's big race.’
      • ‘In days gone by it would, with great authority, thunder out opinion on all and sundry, quite often influencing policy in so doing.’
      • ‘But in his haste to maximise takings by admitting all and sundry, Mr Doan has alienated his customer base.’
      • ‘By the time I got home in the evening the temperature here had plummeted to barely above zero and a strong wind was blowing all and sundry around.’
      • ‘The term has been enthusiastically jumped on by all and sundry (as a web search shows).’
      • ‘When he gets back to Leeside, the unidentified fan will no doubt be showing his classic snap to all and sundry for many years to come.’
      • ‘Honestly, I would not want to justify or defend what I write to all and sundry.’
      everyone, everybody, every person, each person, each one, each and every one, all, one and all, the whole world, the world at large, the public, the general public, people everywhere
      every tom, dick, and harry, every man jack, every mother's son
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  • all but

    • 1Very nearly.

      ‘the subject was all but forgotten’
      • ‘He added that he had all but forgotten the murder, but the long arm of the law had an even longer memory.’
      • ‘She hasn't been on a train for 4 years and that was all but forgotten so she was a bit excited.’
      • ‘Tans have been all but forgotten in popular literature, but that suits us just fine.’
      • ‘His practice time was all but wiped out because of the demands of the media.’
      • ‘They may be all but forgotten now but that doesn't mean they should not be left in peace.’
      nearly, almost, just about, about, more or less, practically, virtually, as good as, next to, close to, near, nigh on, not far from, not far off, to all intents and purposes, approaching, bordering on, verging on, nearing
      roughly, approximately
      not quite
      pretty nearly, pretty much, pretty well
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    • 2All except.

      ‘we have support from all but one of the networks’
      • ‘She kept news of her illness from all but her family and closest friends.’
      • ‘The plant is easy to grow in sun or partial shade and will tolerate all but chalky soils.’
      • ‘It would keep us on our toes and discourage all but those with the most urgent banking business.’
      • ‘The trust has strongly denied all but one of the allegations and has received no complaints about hygiene.’
      • ‘Those who brandish or discharge firearms in a public place would, in all but the rarest cases, be locked up.’
      nearly, almost, just about, about, more or less, practically, virtually, as good as, next to, close to, near, nigh on, not far from, not far off, to all intents and purposes, approaching, bordering on, verging on, nearing
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  • all comers

    • informal Anyone who chooses to take part in an activity, typically a competition.

      ‘the champion took on all comers’
      • ‘From there the two talking heads plotted and pasted together the concept of an international race, which would attract all comers.’
      • ‘Apparently it's a fast course and he's trying to beat the British all comers record.’
      • ‘Open to all comers, it attracts thousands of Norwegians, and most of the world's best marathon skiers.’
      • ‘But the car all comers have to beat is this one, and it's stiff competition.’
      • ‘The Arksorn School has won the competition for the fifth straight year defeating all comers in the competition.’
      • ‘One reason is that it throws open to all comers, both client and provider, the ‘knowledge economy’.’
      • ‘It has considerable interests in that country, which it intends to defend against all comers.’
      • ‘Here we are finally at Easter, with our Easter Carnival all ready, the course looking good and ready to take on all comers.’
      • ‘We do not need to be available 24 hours to all comers.’
      • ‘While the poor run of results is causing some to pull their hair out, the young internationalist is regularly turning in good performances against all comers.’
      • ‘The other key point that is beginning to distinguish the company's range is on-the-road ability, where the cars are now routinely trouncing all comers.’
      • ‘Far from expecting privacy on a website, its designers hope for the greatest possible exposure to all comers.’
      • ‘In the event, the candidate brushed aside all comers as in 1938.’
      • ‘Brian beat all comers in the competition as fishers from all over Ulster came to Silverbridge to try and catch a big one.’
      • ‘One spot is an open competition between Joe Odom and all comers.’
      • ‘He started with style - speaking plainly and wandering around in a bus addressing town meetings open to all comers.’
      • ‘A grey heron meditates halfway up a tree, while a pair of red-wattled lapwings drive away all comers from their private niche.’
      • ‘Tea and refreshments will be served and a great welcome awaits all comers at this special event organised by the local committee.’
      • ‘Mr Dymond said it was hoped to have displays by professional skaters and bikers with open competitions for all comers to take part in.’
      • ‘Last week, they offered the info to all comers, ending their exclusive agreement.’
  • all for

    • informal Strongly in favour of.

      ‘I was all for tolerance’
      • ‘One councillor was all for breaking off negotiations with the association.’
      • ‘I'm all for seniors tackling technology with a song in their heart but your kitchen is your kitchen.’
      • ‘I was all for using my paddle as a club and bashing the living daylights out of it if it got any closer.’
      • ‘I am all for protecting species because they are useful, or aesthetically pleasing.’
      • ‘I'm all for experiment and economy, but a less ambitious reading might be more coherent.’
      • ‘That is to say 95 per cent of the public who use taxis would be all for an additional test.’
      • ‘After speaking a bit, I asked him if he'd be down for an interview, and he was all for it.’
      • ‘I am all for recycling, but I don't see how we will gain anything from such a poorly managed scheme.’
      • ‘I'm all for movies being made on digital video and released in cinemas.’
      • ‘In general, I'm all for investment trusts when they are trading on large discounts.’
      • ‘They are all for the odd shock, but not every other week.’
      in favour of, pro, for, giving support to, giving backing to, right behind, encouraging of, approving of, sympathetic to
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  • all get-out

    • see omitted unresolving XREF to " —— as all get out" at get
  • all in

    • informal Exhausted.

      ‘he was all in by half-time’
      See also all-in
      tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent
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  • all in all

    • On the whole.

      ‘all in all it's been a good year’
      • ‘But all in all, I would much rather have been running on the straight.’
      • ‘So all in all, it was a very nice evening and I thank everyone who voted me the thing but couldn't be present.’
      • ‘This was the first outing and all in all, a very successful learning experience.’
      • ‘So, all in all, I have begun looking for shows I think come from this sort of thinking.’
      • ‘So all in all, they are asking you to close your eyes and believe.’
      • ‘Taken all in all, this is probably the biggest humanitarian relief operation in history.’
      • ‘So, all in all, I would still say the economy is a major issue for American voters at this point.’
      • ‘It was hard at times, like when money was tight, but all in all, he was great.’
      • ‘They wreak havoc on our nervous systems and, all in all, make for generally unsavoury experiences.’
      • ‘Although the site may have been different, all in all, the annual celebration of this culture was a success.’
      • ‘There was no point in justifying her actions because all in all, it embarrassed HIM!’
      • ‘But all in all, I was pretty confident coming back in here this morning.’
      • ‘But all in all, Brown has good reason to envy the performance of the American economy.’
      • ‘It is, all in all, quite a spectacular living space, and there is a strange feeling of deja vu.’
      • ‘So all in all, apart from the obvious need to drive, I think it's something I really want to do.’
      • ‘The bar is set very high for animations now and all in all, this is just a distinctly average film.’
      • ‘I think we both recognised that what we had done was, all in all, a low-down thing.’
      • ‘It's an extremely odd little movie, all in all, and it's a little tough to understand the high expectations.’
      • ‘So, all in all, it baffles me that more British anglers don't hunt out asp specifically when they're travelling abroad.’
      • ‘It took barely five minutes to respond to my call following a heart attack, and all in all no less than four medics were in attendance.’
      all things considered, considering everything, on the whole, taking everything into account, taking everything into consideration, at the end of the day, when all's said and done
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  • all kinds (or sorts) of

    • Many different kinds of.

      ‘he gets into all kinds of trouble’
      • ‘If you start chasing this team on a good night for them, you can end up in all sorts of trouble.’
      • ‘I worked at Stockport for five years in all and worked on all sorts of different engines.’
      • ‘The problem that the analysts have is that they have to please all sorts of different people.’
      • ‘Stories from all kinds of different cultures have common threads running through them.’
      • ‘Bradford needs to develop a different, more positive image on all sorts of fronts.’
      • ‘There are all sorts of other cases in which the standard components of parenting can come apart.’
      • ‘When you get used to all sorts of different bits of kit attached to your body they lose their mystique.’
      • ‘The gain is that all kinds of minorities with different views are now represented.’
      • ‘The internet is also a means for people to get music from all sorts of different sources.’
      • ‘The carmaker has filled its body with all kinds of cunningly developed foams and insulators.’
      • ‘It is possible to think of all sorts of offbeat things or things that would sound trite.’
      • ‘It was only then that I noticed all sorts of little details which had evaded my notice earlier.’
      • ‘In our group there are people from all sorts of different political backgrounds.’
      • ‘So I did all sorts of crazy stuff and got myself into trouble on a regular basis.’
      • ‘We'll start having all sorts of trouble with you if you start thinking you're funny.’
      • ‘If we had kept them we could have had towns laid out like our fields in all sorts of different shapes.’
      • ‘The foot is incredibly complex and all kinds of forces and loads pass through different parts.’
      • ‘It also means I can test out a different commenting system and try all kinds of fancy things.’
      • ‘Avoid all kinds of secret activity as you are likely to fall into trouble this week.’
      • ‘You could put all sorts of different genes in animals and do all sorts of damage.’
  • all manner of

    • Many different kinds of.

      ‘echinacea is used by American Indians for all manner of ailments’
      • ‘Our society claims to be caring - yet unrestrained selfishness leads to all manner of evil.’
      • ‘A conflict raged at the heart of Europe which posed all manner of seminal questions for the nature of humanity.’
      • ‘Even if I only travel to Blackpool I am harassed by all manner of insects that want to suck every last drop of blood out of me.’
      • ‘They've come up with all manner of catchy slogans designed to tip the scales in their favour.’
      • ‘The door is double-locked, with chains and bolts, because behind it lies all manner of secrets.’
      • ‘Living on the main road, I see this every day with all manner of vehicles whose drivers ignore the speed limit.’
      • ‘They are also a critical means of expanding the market reach for all manner of products in an economy.’
      • ‘As always in such cases, all manner of conspiracy theories immediately sprang up.’
      • ‘Nowadays, worshippers of all faiths can rely on all manner of electronic reminders.’
      • ‘The simple answer is to fill in the blanks with all manner of really important things to do.’
  • all of

    • As much as (often used ironically of an amount or quantity considered small by the speaker)

      ‘the show lasted all of six weeks’
      • ‘That final plan lasted all of about six months.’
      • ‘This generated an amazing meeting that lasted all of thirty seconds, in which Brian declared ‘we’re keeping Studio X’.’
      • ‘This moment of Zen lasted all of 30 seconds.’
      • ‘Criminally this lasts all of about ninety seconds as if he wasn't supposed to be in the film at all but just happened to busking there when the director wandered by with his camera.’
      • ‘That mood, however, lasted all of five minutes.’
  • all of a sudden

  • all on

    • informal Happening without inhibition or restraint; out of control.

      ‘a punch is thrown and it's all on’
      • ‘Reading email, newspapers, web sites, books—it's all on.’
      • ‘Two hours and a couple of phone calls later, it's all on.’
      • ‘Once I'd stashed my laptop bag behind the bar, it was all on.’
      • ‘Friday was my Birthday and we had a pretty good night—Tom brought out a bottle of Baileys and it was all on.’
      • ‘All it's going to take is a few hardcore folk to start hurling the molotovs at the cops, and it's all on.’
  • all out

    • Using all one's strength or resources.

      ‘going all out to win’
      [as adjective] ‘an all-out effort’
      • ‘These two players both went close as College went all out for an equaliser.’
      • ‘Perhaps just as importantly, another company is also going all out to win the contract.’
      • ‘Expect the action to be fast and furious as the drivers go all out to win the Southern Championship on the day.’
      • ‘It also creates the impression that the President is prepared to go all out to get his way at any cost.’
      • ‘The newcomers will be going all out to claim the team championship in a special six-a-side event.’
      • ‘Those involved are fully aware that they may not succeed in stopping an all out war.’
      • ‘We'll be going all out for victory, which would do wonders for the game in this part of the country.’
      • ‘Ministers will be putting their differences behind them and going all out for victory.’
      • ‘The Galway side know only too well the task that lies ahead of them and they will be all out to upset the odds.’
      • ‘Now once again the President of the USA is making plans for an all out effort to put a man on Mars.’
      • ‘It is not like the Champions League format where you can go all out to win the game.’
      • ‘The racecourse's new owners are going all out make their first meeting a memorable one.’
      • ‘In other words, when the Prime Minister is confident of victory he goes all out to ensure he wins.’
      • ‘The speaker from east London, where they went all out and won, got a great reception.’
      • ‘Activists are now going all out to win the ballot for action over the next few weeks.’
      • ‘We will be going all out to win every game and we might surprise a few people.’
      • ‘With the win vital to Rossendale, they went on all out attack to try for the much needed goal and the three points.’
      • ‘After a goalless first half, Ware went all out after the break to stifle Dorking's creativity.’
      • ‘If draws are removed, we will see better matches with teams playing all out attacking football.’
      • ‘The team will be all out to retain the title but they will know that champions can be beaten.’
      strenuous, energetic, vigorous, powerful, potent, forceful, forcible
      spirited, mettlesome, plucky, determined, resolute, aggressive, eager, keen, enthusiastic, zealous, ardent, fervent, vehement, intense, intensive, passionate, fiery
      wild, unrestrained, uncontrolled, unbridled
      tough, blunt, hard-hitting, pulling no punches
      punchy, in-your-face
      strenuously, energetically, vigorously, hard, mightily, heartily, with vigour, with great effort, fiercely, intensely, eagerly, enthusiastically, industriously, diligently, assiduously, conscientiously, sedulously, with application, earnestly, with perseverance, persistently, indefatigably
      like billy-o, like mad, like crazy
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  • all over

    • 1Completely finished.

      ‘it's all over between us’
      • ‘It's all over between Kate and Pete, as she chucks out her belongings.’
      • ‘It's all over for homophobia.’
      • ‘It's all over between us.’
      • ‘So you think it's all over?’
      • ‘Gaughan stretched the lead to nine, a minute later and it seemed all over but Castlerea weren't finished.’
      • ‘It's all over for the Archbishop.’
      • ‘It’s all over for this systems company. The 20-hour days put in by its CEO and many of its crew of 70 for the last five years have gone for naught.’
      • ‘I can't believe it's all over!’
      • ‘However, a pal claims that it is all over between them.’
      • ‘It’s all over between Shravani and Zaheer.’
      • ‘It's all over, but it could be messy.’
    • 2Everywhere.

      ‘there were bodies all over’
      • ‘The past pupils came from all over to join in the celebrations.’
      • ‘I radioed in that there was oil all over, but I got through it and we finished in one piece.’
      everywhere, all over, all around, in all places, in every place, far and wide, far and near, here, there, and everywhere, extensively, exhaustively, thoroughly, widely, broadly, in every nook and cranny
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      1. 2.1With reference to all parts of the body.
        ‘I was shaking all over’
        • ‘By the time he'd finished I was beaming all over, eyes wide in delight as I listened to him.’
        • ‘By the time I was finished I was hurting all over again, but this time I was not going to cry.’
        • ‘My body was shaking all over as I left the room, and I prayed to God I wouldn't trip on the way out.’
        • ‘I'm shaking all over and sweating and my legs feel weak.’
        • ‘Sweat was beading on his body, he was shaking all over, and he was breathing hard.’
    • 3Typical of the person mentioned.

      ‘that's our management all over!’
      • ‘That's him all over: irreverent, outspoken, outrageously good company.’
      • ‘See, that's you all over.’
      characteristic, in character, in keeping, to be expected, usual, normal, par for the course, predictable, true to form, true to type
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    • 4Effusively attentive to.

      ‘James was all over her’
      • ‘Becky, now awake, lived up to her billing for her character and was all over Mike.’
      • ‘If I were 15 years younger I'd be all over her,' he thought.’
      • ‘I went to the party and I had women all over me.’
      • ‘Every time a 'hunk' shows up, they're all over him.’
  • all over the place (or north american also map, british also shop)

    • 1informal Everywhere.

      ‘we've been all over the place looking for you’
      • ‘Everywhere you go there are flags and banners all over the place.’
      • ‘The next thing I knew, I was standing in my house, without dead bodies all over the place.’
      • ‘I started moving my body all over the place and moaning so loud, the neighbors probably heard me.’
      • ‘It was only twenty minutes later, when I managed to start moving myself out of my bed, that I realised my entire body was aching all over the place.’
      • ‘Needless to say, the whole thing goes horribly wrong, one thing leads to another and before you know it bodies are dropping all over the place.’
      • ‘She noticed with shock a number of bodies strewn all over the place.’
      • ‘"We've got to make sure we stay composed and not run around all over the show," added McCaw.’
      • ‘All of a sudden we heard a noise, and all the chaps started yelling. I looked round and saw some lights going all over the show.’
      • ‘There was sand everywhere and the water washed rubbish all over the place.’
      • ‘However, for the most part he was having to throw his body all over the place.’
      • ‘It's the visitors who are the problem: they will go walking everywhere, leaving their little bits of skin all over the place.’
      • ‘There were body parts lying all over the place and blood all over the wall.’
      • ‘In one scene, when the character kills a number of soldiers in an underground tunnel, the bodies are strewn all over the place.’
      • ‘The scene was like a war zone, with debris, glass and bodies all over the place.’
      • ‘Just at that moment came a crash of chairs with bodies flying all over the place in the corner of the bar.’
      • ‘There were records lying all over the floor, guitar leads everywhere, the play station and its games were all over the place.’
      • ‘Blood and mutilation was all over the place, and the bodies were mangled.’
      • ‘It's like the championship football final again with bodies shambling around all over the place.’
      • ‘Why the hell was there a dead body and broken glass all over the place down there?’
      • ‘Kevin's mind and body are all over the map, and I don't think for one second at this point that he will wind up on the stage.’
      1. 1.1In a state of disorder.
        ‘my hair was all over the place’
        • ‘I walk in, socks sopping, hair flopping, dignity all over the place, and explain my dilemma.’
        • ‘Secondly, although I had made a stab at categorising them through the use of folders, they really were all over the place and utterly chaotic.’
        • ‘When it comes to people's body language, I am all over the place.’
        • ‘His hair was messy and all over the place, making him look adorable.’
        • ‘The business cycle is too complex, and we're seeing the chaotic results all over the place.’
  • all round

    • 1In all respects.

      ‘it was a bad day all round’
      • ‘Indeed I don't think any of us emerged with any credit on a day which we will have to write off as a bad experience all round.’
      • ‘England are hoping for good news all round.’
      • ‘Share buy-backs can be good news all round.’
      • ‘But that was a bad day all round and we never got going, it was backs to the wall the whole time.’
      • ‘It is by far the best all round sport and can be done by people of all abilities, young or old.’
    • 2For or by each person.

      ‘drinks all round’
      • ‘This was truly a magnificent display of power rugby by the team and indeed a superb all round team effort.’
      • ‘Either way it is bad news all round especially for the poor man under a train.’
      • ‘Now it was our turn, with big smiles and handshakes all round as we went through the final safety briefs.’
      • ‘Some of these people are much more important than the rest of us but some are just rascals all round.’
      • ‘Satisfied and with a newly acquired tan we also indulged in pitchers of drinks all round and some photo taking.’
  • all's well that ends well

    • proverb If the outcome of a situation is happy, this compensates for any previous difficulty or unpleasantness.

      • ‘So the punter is now exceedingly happy with his connection, and all's well that ends well.’
      • ‘However, all's well that ends well with Joseph reconciling himself with his brothers and a new sister - Jamin.’
      • ‘She's now had two kids and is happily married, he's getting married, so all's well that ends well, but at the time it was bit ‘hairy’.’
      • ‘Keep mentioning who he's supposed to be and if he fails to answer at one point then all's well that ends well.’
      • ‘As Shakespeare noted, all's well that ends well, and Warren is going out in style with mordant humor intact and head held high after a decidedly up and down career as a person.’
  • all that ——

  • all the same

  • all the ——

  • all there

    • informal [usually with negative]In full possession of one's mental faculties.

      ‘he's not quite all there’
      • ‘He was now looking at me as if I was not all there.’
      • ‘You're not all there are you Mike? You should think seriously about getting some professional help.’
      • ‘He stalks this girl he's in love with, but he's not all there.’
      • ‘There's another wee guy who was not quite all there and he used to go into the record shop and ask for Elvis' latest hit.’
      sensible, well adjusted, reasonable, rational, level-headed, sound, practical, discerning, logical, able to think clearly, lucid, clear-headed, coherent
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  • all the time

    • Constantly or very frequently.

      ‘the airfield was in use all the time’
      • ‘You can't uproot your family and buy a new house when there's talk of closure all the time.’
      • ‘Are we doing it all the time? If not, then why not?’
      constantly, the entire time, around the clock, day and night, night and day, morning, noon, and night, day in, day out, at all times, always, without a break, ceaselessly, endlessly, incessantly, perpetually, permanently, interminably, unceasingly, continuously, continually, eternally, unremittingly, remorselessly, relentlessly
      24, 7
      without surcease
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  • all together

    • All in one place or in a group; all at once.

      ‘they arrived all together’
      Compare with altogether
      • ‘But you can't do much more than that until all the players are back and we are all together.’
      • ‘Before the evening was over I went to get my neighbor Jan to take a picture of us all together on my deck.’
      • ‘We all left together and I remember walking all together to the kerb edge.’
      • ‘Hubbs and I had tears in our eyes at the sight of seeing them all together again, all alive.’
      • ‘It has been a while since I have had a lot of my friends all together in one place and it proves to be a fantastic night!’
      • ‘The first episode is supposed to introduce the characters and why exactly they're all together.’
      • ‘And yet taken all together there is far more to the loss of these seats than these localised factors.’
      • ‘Going back to the good old days of doing nothing and doing it all together is no longer a possibility.’
      • ‘There will be two million people of my age in Marienfeld camping out on the one night all together.’
      as a group, in a body, as one, as a whole, in a mass, wholesale
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  • all told

    • In total.

      ‘they tried a dozen times all told’
      • ‘The huge increase in health spending has brought a staff rise of 160,00, with the NHS now employing 1.3 million all told.’
      • ‘So, a surprising weekend all told - it's going to be a lot fun showing our guest just a taste of what this fine little colony has to offer.’
      • ‘Yet all told, its simplicities are gloriously redeemed by the novel's intricate take on sexuality, and its ecstatic and gilded prose.’
      • ‘Unlike the Smiths, there were probably only a dozen men all told in this group.’
      • ‘Red Deer Press did well, with five awards all told, but even this didn't match their 1999 performance.’
      • ‘They have won three out of the last four championships and all told, have won a total of seven.’
      • ‘SRU supremo Bill Watson said that Premiership One clubs will lose an average of two players, which is up to 20 players all told.’
      • ‘Anyhow, I ended up coming out feeling springy and fit, and only missed breaking my record by 60 seconds, so it wasn't so bad, all told.’
      • ‘It is, all told, one of the purest experiences you can have.’
      • ‘So February looks to be pretty promising all told.’
      in all, all told, in toto, taken together, in sum, counting them all
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  • all the way

    • informal Without limit or reservation.

      ‘I'm with you all the way’
      • ‘If this really were a matter of social freedom then I would back them all the way.’
      • ‘If the government decides that military action is the way to go, then I will back them all the way.’
      • ‘The married dad of two is dedicated to the school say colleagues, who back him all the way.’
      • ‘We need support from relatives behind us all the way if we are to push for extra money.’
      • ‘As long as our concerns are left outstanding we will fight this development all the way.’
      completely, totally, absolutely, entirely, wholly, fully, thoroughly, quite, altogether, one hundred per cent, downright, outright, unqualifiedly, in all respects, unconditionally, perfectly, implicitly, unrestrictedly, really, veritably, categorically, consummately, undisputedly, unmitigatedly, wholeheartedly, radically, stark, just, to the hilt, to the core, all the way, to the maximum extent, extremely, infinitely, unlimitedly, limitlessly, ultimately
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  • —— and all

    • 1Used to emphasize something additional that is being referred to.

      ‘she threw her coffee over him, mug and all’
      • ‘He grabbed his plate and hurled it, food and all, against the wall.’
      • ‘We don't want to miss the start, so we head to the gig, bags and all, leaving the baffled hotel staff in the dust.’
      • ‘She climbed into her bed, clothes and all, and went to sleep.’
      1. 1.1informal As well.
        ‘get one for me and all’
        • ‘I know he still really cares for me and all, but it's like, painful for him to think about other me with other guys.’
        • ‘He'd never pick me, being his son and so young and all.’
        as well, also, too, besides, into the bargain, in addition, additionally, over and above that, what's more, moreover, furthermore
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  • at all

    • 1[with negative or in questions](used for emphasis) in any way; to any extent.

      ‘I don't like him at all’
      • ‘There were eight children and no groceries, no money to buy soap, no money to buy anything at all.’
      • ‘They have no principles, at all.’
      • ‘He added that people had been advised to avoid the Ashchurch area if at all possible.’
      • ‘I don't think that the government will change at all.’
      • ‘She works full time and if she has children at all it will be as late as possible.’
      • ‘The criticism really wasn't accurate at all.’
      • ‘One of them is poor to the extent that their parent cannot afford to support them at all.’
      • ‘Most of us would probably want to stay in bed if at all possible and give advice over the phone.’
      conceivably, under any circumstances, by any means, at all, in any way
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      1. 1.1Irish Added at the end of an utterance for emphasis.
        ‘what is the matter with you at all?’
        • ‘How is he at all at all?’
        • ‘What kind of man is he, at all, at all?’
        at all, in any way, on earth
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  • be all about ——

    • informal Be focused on or interested in (a particular thing)

      ‘school has become my refuge and I'm all about being the perfect student’
      • ‘I'm all about making life more convenient.’
      • ‘I am all about the thrill of movement.’
      • ‘Thanks guys, we got it already - you're all about the family unit.’
      • ‘We're all about the customer.’
      • ‘Todd is very intelligent and is all about media and everything film.’
      • ‘This is a relationship business and we're all about that.’
      • ‘Apparently they're all about taking credit for the end result.’
      • ‘Flavors, I am all about the flavors, baby.’
      • ‘Believing in the supposedly impossible is what he is all about.’
      • ‘If you're watching this movie, you're all about the kung fu.’
      • ‘I know that both Jim and Mike feel this way, that Welles was all about pulling off an amazing effect for the viewer.’
      • ‘I have a friend who is all about the show, in fact, and sings its praises quite strongly.’
      • ‘I am all about creating memories with my family.’
      • ‘In fact, I am all about the love.’
      • ‘He'll never be typecast because he's all about defining himself in a persona.’
      • ‘She's all about making sure we don't portray women in a bad light, take advantage of women, or exploit them in any way.’
  • be all one to

    • Make no difference to.

      ‘simple cases or hard cases, it's all one to me’
      • ‘Interviews could come and interviews could go; it was all one to the punters.’
      • ‘Look, simple cases or hard cases, it's one to me.’
      • ‘This is probably doubtful; yet it is all one to me; what she is were nothing to me if she would but go by herself and not talk.’
      • ‘It was all one to Danny whether they set up a republic or a skittle alley afterwards.’
      • ‘The audience, the organizers, the two presiding media (newspapers and radio), are all one to him.’
  • be all that

    • informal Be very attractive or good.

      ‘He thinks he's all that—Yeah, God's gift’
      • ‘My brother was twenty-three this year; in his last year of college and, because of this, thought he was all that and a bag of chips.’
      • ‘He may be all that, but he's in New York, and that's a long way from here.’
      • ‘Vlad and Sheff have been all that and a bag of chips for the teams who signed them as free agents.’
      • ‘Eddy, who thought he was all that, asked Jonas what he got on the test.’
    • informal

      see all
  • be all up with

  • be all very well

    • informal Used to criticize or reject a favourable or consoling remark.

      ‘your proposal is all very well in theory, but in practice it will not pay’
      • ‘It is all very well to say it is great to be competing with sides like Legion but this has to be looked on as a game thrown away.’
      • ‘Expressing regret is all very well, but restitution of those rights is also required.’
      • ‘Pragmatism is all very well, but there are blunter ways to describe the new state of mind.’
      • ‘Mere managerial ability was all very well, he continued, but it wasn't enough.’
      • ‘That's all very well, of course, but little consolation when the wins stop coming.’
      • ‘I mean, this is all very well as a hobby, but will blogging put food on the table?’
      • ‘This is all very well, but it is quite a leap to say that it is morally wrong to pay people to do unfulfilling work.’
      • ‘Restoration of Victorian values is all very well, but it does not strike me as particularly practical.’
      • ‘It's all very well to set up a waste recycling scheme, but surely, it's better not to create it in the first place.’
      • ‘It is all very well to criticise that action, but we need to come up with a solution by way of an alternative.’
  • for all ——

    • In spite of ——

      ‘for all its clarity and style, the book is not easy reading’
      • ‘A dog, for all its admirable and unique qualities, is not a human being and is not treated in the law as such.’
      • ‘Even my wife, for all her fears of security crackdowns, is urging me to do it.’
      • ‘The actors, for all their pedigree, never seemed to find the right pitch.’
      • ‘Could it be that Ms Rice, for all her brains, was simply a woman out of step with the times?’
      • ‘The truth is, for all its apparent strength, the Party has worked itself into a position of profound and growing decay.’
  • in all

    • In total number; altogether.

      ‘there were about 5,000 people in all’
      • ‘In all, 10 candidates attended the Colloquium from a total of five countries.’
      • ‘We had a family meal (there were 14 of us in all) in a posh hotel.’
      • ‘In all, there are eight changes from the run-one side that beat Australia in Sydney.’
      • ‘There are three flats in all at the address and it seems to be quiet and secluded.’
      • ‘In all, 250 students from 25 colleges made it to the finals of various events organised as part of the festival.’
      • ‘There were four tents in all, three for the thirty male soldiers and one for the ten females.’
      • ‘It's just over a mile in all, and I arrive back wheezing for breath but alive and well.’
      • ‘There were, of course, wines to accompany this: 13 of them in all.’
      • ‘The caravans, up to twenty in all, were moved on by the weekend.’
      • ‘They each take turns telling stories, one hundred in all, in the garden.’
      in all, all told, in toto, taken together, in sum, counting them all
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  • on (or on to) all fours

    • On (or on to) hands and knees or (of an animal) on all four legs rather than just the hind ones.

      ‘Frankie scuttled away on all fours’
      • ‘Occasionally she almost gets on to all fours, but then sits down again.’
      • ‘Go on to all fours (as above) ensuring your shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above your knees.’
      • ‘I began to get pushy feelings at the end of each contraction, so I got off the loo and on to all fours on the bathroom floor.’
      • ‘The ground shook violently as the bear crashed down on to all fours.’
      • ‘The bear dropped back on to all fours and I thought it was going to come at me, kill me.’
      • ‘This involves going into a standing split, which I easily can do, with the operated leg out behind me, and then sinking on to all fours on the other knee.’
      • ‘Many babies pull themselves over on to all fours and start to crawl.’
      • ‘Finally, roll over on to all fours to a stable table-like position with your hands and knees about shoulder width apart.’
      • ‘Begin the series by coming on to all fours with the wrists underneath the shoulders and the knees underneath the hips.’
      • ‘Come on to all fours in a neutral table top position.’
  • one's all

    • One's whole strength or resources.

      ‘I want to give my all to what I am doing now’
      • ‘The only thing I know to do is just give it my all, put my whole heart and soul into the job.’
      • ‘Solos are performed well, Paul puts his all into his singing (he has, like, the starring role, you see).’
      • ‘Every actor was putting in their all - even when they weren't on stage they stayed in character haranguing from the sidelines.’
      • ‘Even if you're not having the best of games, and your team isn't either, giving your all can spark off something in those around you.’
      • ‘The whole cast gave their all, turning from what I gather was a shaky first night earlier in the week into a roaring success.’
      • ‘Mayo fought spiritedly, and gave it their all but the strength, balance and passion which underlines Tyrone football just now told in the end.’
      • ‘But the thing is that, as long as punters are paying good money to watch you play Celtic and Rangers, it's important to give your all.’
      • ‘It's frustrating because you do things in training, you work your hardest and give your all, and then you're overlooked.’
      • ‘For a start, when you represent your country, you always give it your all.’
      • ‘The second half saw United still putting their all into the match.’


Old English all, eall, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch al and German all.




Definition of ALL in English:


  • Albanian lek(s).