Main definitions of all in English

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all1

predeterminer, pronoun, & determiner

  • 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% of all cars sold’
    ‘he slept all day’
    as pronoun ‘carry all of the blame’
    ‘we all have different needs’
    • ‘Though all art is a form of healing and therapy to some extent, all therapy is not art.’
    • ‘The individual always acts as a whole, which includes all mental and physical processes.’
    • ‘Amy and Phil still failed to settle their differences but all of that sort of became lost in the energy of it all.’
    • ‘All of us are sons and daughters of Adam and this means that we are all brothers and sisters.’
    • ‘All of these are claimed to be forgeries by some historians but some, or all, may well be genuine.’
    • ‘If you play all of them immediately, it is likely that you'll win all three of them as tricks.’
    • ‘I wipe it against the other finger tips and suddenly all of them are all white paint.’
    • ‘All of them, all fifteen boys, were yelling and hollering as Coach Dodson seemed to be in shock.’
    • ‘People bandy around the word tactics when in fact they are referring to all sorts of other aspects of the game.’
    • ‘Moffatt and Dougan tackled courageously all afternoon and the whole team never gave up.’
    • ‘But when your big car gets hit by an even bigger car, it all becomes rather academic.’
    • ‘The term is often used to refer to all Roman territories during both the republic and the empire.’
    • ‘They all use a small quantity of caramel to smooth out colour variations from cask to cask.’
    • ‘However, to a certain extent all university students are indulging in escapism to a degree.’
    • ‘Pupils on foot and those arriving by car are all using the same main gate.’
    • ‘She told the inquest she saw all four of the car's wheels leave the road as it went over the bridge.’
    • ‘I felt that I had been a victim all of my life. I have had all sorts of bad things happen to me.’
    • ‘All of these can all be found in the granite-gneiss basement of the central Black Forest.’
    • ‘Taken as a whole, all musics of a nation may provide sufficient room for each music.’
    • ‘Also to all of you dedicated people who have supported June all year a big thank you.’
    each of, each one of the, every one of the, every single one of the
    the whole of the, every bit of the, the complete, the entire, the totality of the
    complete, entire, total, full, utter, perfect, all-out, greatest, greatest possible, maximum
    everyone, everybody, each person, every person, the lot, the whole lot
    each one, each thing, the sum, the total, the whole lot
    everything, every part, the whole amount, the total amount, the lot, the whole lot, the entirety, the sum total, the aggregate
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    1. 1.1determiner Any whatever.
      ‘he denied all knowledge of it’
      • ‘There is a danger that we are seeking to right past wrongs in a world which has changed beyond all recognition.’
      • ‘It is a clever piece of ensemble filmmaking that succeeds beyond all reasonable hope.’
      • ‘He was beyond all hope, rolling around on the floor with tears in his eyes.’
      • ‘Thus in the same place he says that God exists beyond all substance and life.’
      • ‘The persecution of Jews during the same period is established beyond all doubt.’
      • ‘The practical demands of wartime changed social customs beyond all recognition.’
      • ‘A boy can, and all too often does, walk away denying all knowledge of the situation.’
      • ‘Extreme versions of the view have it that all knowledge is, or ideally ought to be, based on reason.’
      • ‘That that was the joint intention of both these parties appears to me to be beyond all doubt.’
      • ‘After all, it's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.’
      • ‘And then it finally sank in that he was beyond all hope, and that she was powerless to stop him.’
      • ‘The boxer denied all knowledge of the gun, ammunition and drugs and told police he had been set up.’
      • ‘He denied all knowledge of the attack saying he would have been at home at the time.’
      • ‘No, it is because equipment and techniques have changed beyond all recognition.’
      • ‘Except that both drivers who plied the route denied all knowledge of the transaction.’
      • ‘In the library of the mind, all knowledge on any topic came up by simply reflecting on it.’
      • ‘One can be hounded for scandal one day and made noble beyond all conception the next.’
      • ‘Apart from an engraving of the period all knowledge of the former structure was then lost.’
      • ‘Third, for Hegel State does not mean simply the government but refers to all social life.’
      • ‘He had denied all knowledge of this appointment a few minutes before.’
    2. 1.2determiner Used to emphasize the greatest possible amount of a quality.
      ‘they were in all probability completely unaware’
      ‘with all due respect’
      • ‘In all probability she would have been dumped after two or three books which didn't sell very well.’
      • ‘In all honesty, until a few weeks ago he had no idea how to pronounce the word.’
      • ‘We are making sure they are doing everything in their power to sort things out with all due speed.’
      • ‘There was one in her size in Bond Street and it would make its way north with all due haste.’
      • ‘With all possible respect to the authors of this proposal, I do not find it very clear.’
      • ‘With all respect, if we look from one perspective, it is just like looking at ants.’
      • ‘With all due respect to Chen, he needs to be set straight on that right from the start.’
      • ‘With all due respect to Mr Hiddink, it is unlikely he would have achieved what O'Neill has.’
      • ‘In all seriousness, this crusty old Volvo has been in more movies than Michael Caine.’
      • ‘In all honesty I was expecting a tiny wall stuck in the corner of the hall about eight feet high.’
      • ‘In all fairness she is saving the children from a life of poverty and misery.’
      • ‘In all seriousness, though, a large proportion of them are either taken or dead.’
      • ‘With all due respect, this group of lightweights has no chance of winning the election.’
      • ‘With all respect to her argument I do not think that is quite the correct way of putting it.’
      • ‘So, with all due respect, let's see what the outcome is before passing judgement.’
      • ‘The fact that they were under the charge of the nurse effectually did away with all possibility of fraud.’
      • ‘In all honesty, they were again seeing it as our input sabotaging what they wanted to do.’
      • ‘In all likelihood, most of those apprehended had no idea they were breaking the law.’
      • ‘In all honesty, players who practise as much as these ones should be doing much better.’
      • ‘With all due respect, I think that it is time for your writer to ask of herself why she does it.’
    3. 1.3pronoun, with clause The only thing (used for emphasis)
      ‘all I want is to be left alone’
      • ‘Everyone knows that all I wanted was to be off that list.’
      • ‘All that is left to do is to secure the gemstone in the setting.’
      • ‘All that is left to say is that I hope those of you who attended thought the event as worthwhile and inspirational as I did.’
      • ‘Make any change to the reference period, change the baseline, and all that happens is you create equivalent offsets to the beginning and ending anomaly.’
      • ‘How much must this cost in time and paperwork, surely all that is required is a police presence?’
      • ‘I realize it’s a little obscure, but it amused me and that’s all that counts.’
    4. 1.4pronoun (used to refer to surroundings or a situation in general) everything.
      ‘all was well’
      ‘all is not lost yet’
      • ‘Although the team took a significant step towards the quarter-finals, the manager will know better than to think all was perfect in Galicia last night.’
      • ‘On the surface, all is well.’
      • ‘It all seems a bit strange, especially having only just taken the job at Molineux.’
      • ‘Where is the Government in all of this, do they think all is right with the world, do they?’
      • ‘Her father was troubled by a nagging doubt that all was not as it appeared.’
      each one, each thing, the sum, the total, the whole lot
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adverb

  • 1Completely.

    ‘dressed all in black’
    ‘she's been all round the world’
    ‘all by himself’
    • ‘Miss Pain tried to look cheerful but they looked all dressed up with nowhere to go.’
    • ‘He told me all about your lovely black curls and blue eyes, speaking of you as though you were an angel.’
    • ‘But it was scary in court anyway, with everyone all dressed up just like the real thing.’
    • ‘Those monks have had their own way for far too long and this is all about equal opportunities.’
    • ‘And there was me thinking that we have the perfectionism game sewn up all by ourselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bizarre belts Last year it was all about studded leather belts around rock chic waists.’
    • ‘We are all dressed up and ready to go, prepared to jump in as soon as the current drops to a diveable speed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two birdies at the start of his final round were all well and good, but now it had become three.’
    • ‘She heard some steps coming down the stairs and out of it came Jason, all dressed up and ready for work.’
    • ‘Tranquillity is one of the central qualities which define what the national park is all about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A woman was at home, all dressed in white, she had her little white pet mouse with her.’
    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’
      • ‘A girl in the party on the table next to us suddenly came over all unwell.’
      • ‘Seeing you for the first time made me feel all strange.’
      • ‘Mummy, there's something wrong with Mary. Her face has gone all funny.’
  • 2(in games) used after a number to indicate an equal score.

    ‘after extra time it was still two 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.’
    • ‘In the 50th minute Conway dropped a great goal from 35 metres leaving the scores at 3 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.’

Phrases

  • all along

    • All the time; from the beginning.

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

    • Everyone.

      ‘he has borne a lot of unfair criticism from all and sundry’
      • ‘The term has been enthusiastically jumped on by all and sundry (as a web search shows).’
      • ‘We also encourage all and sundry to support the minister's efforts - he cannot do it alone.’
      • ‘Chances are you will have already seen this commercial, which has been linked by all and sundry over the past few days.’
      • ‘It's a scam that includes everyone because it has the effect of appearing to benefit all and sundry.’
      • ‘The runner up impressed all and sundry and is one to keep in mind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Promises have been made to all and sundry that increases, indeed, large increases, will follow.’
      • ‘But in his haste to maximise takings by admitting all and sundry, Mr Doan has alienated his customer base.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Honestly, I would not want to justify or defend what I write to all and sundry.’
      • ‘Who was the girl who, after being rude to all and sundry, got very drunk at a recent press event?’
      • ‘I have exasperated all and sundry and got on everyone's nerves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So, plans are in place to make for a good time for 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.’
      • ‘Jasper, the eight-year-old macaw, was on top form, singing, talking and clicking his tongue at all and sundry.’
      • ‘In days gone by it would, with great authority, thunder out opinion on all and sundry, quite often influencing policy in so doing.’
      • ‘Half a dozen Canterbury players breathed a sigh of relief, then demanded apologies from 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
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  • all but

    • 1Very nearly.

      ‘the subject was all but forgotten’
      • ‘She hasn't been on a train for 4 years and that was all but forgotten so she was a bit excited.’
      • ‘They may be all but forgotten now but that doesn't mean they should not be left in peace.’
      • ‘Tans have been all but forgotten in popular literature, but that suits us just fine.’
      • ‘He added that he had all but forgotten the murder, but the long arm of the law had an even longer memory.’
      • ‘His practice time was all but wiped out because of the demands of the media.’
      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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    • 2All except.

      ‘we have support from all but one of the networks’
      • ‘It would keep us on our toes and discourage all but those with the most urgent banking business.’
      • ‘The plant is easy to grow in sun or partial shade and will tolerate all but chalky soils.’
      • ‘Those who brandish or discharge firearms in a public place would, in all but the rarest cases, be locked up.’
      • ‘She kept news of her illness from all but her family and closest friends.’
      • ‘The trust has strongly denied all but one of the allegations and has received no complaints about hygiene.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brian beat all comers in the competition as fishers from all over Ulster came to Silverbridge to try and catch a big one.’
      • ‘It has considerable interests in that country, which it intends to defend against all comers.’
      • ‘The Arksorn School has won the competition for the fifth straight year defeating all comers in the competition.’
      • ‘But the car all comers have to beat is this one, and it's stiff competition.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We do not need to be available 24 hours to all comers.’
      • ‘In the event, the candidate brushed aside all comers as in 1938.’
      • ‘Last week, they offered the info to all comers, ending their exclusive agreement.’
      • ‘Mr Dymond said it was hoped to have displays by professional skaters and bikers with open competitions for all comers to take part in.’
      • ‘Here we are finally at Easter, with our Easter Carnival all ready, the course looking good and ready to take on all comers.’
      • ‘One reason is that it throws open to all comers, both client and provider, the ‘knowledge economy’.’
      • ‘He started with style - speaking plainly and wandering around in a bus addressing town meetings open to all comers.’
      • ‘Tea and refreshments will be served and a great welcome awaits all comers at this special event organised by the local committee.’
      • ‘From there the two talking heads plotted and pasted together the concept of an international race, which would attract all comers.’
      • ‘One spot is an open competition between Joe Odom and 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.’
      • ‘Far from expecting privacy on a website, its designers hope for the greatest possible exposure to all comers.’
  • all for

    • informal Strongly in favour of.

      ‘I was all for tolerance’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was all for using my paddle as a club and bashing the living daylights out of it if it got any closer.’
      • ‘After speaking a bit, I asked him if he'd be down for an interview, and he was all for it.’
      • ‘They are all for the odd shock, but not every other week.’
      • ‘That is to say 95 per cent of the public who use taxis would be all for an additional test.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In general, I'm all for investment trusts when they are trading on large discounts.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 "—— 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’
      • ‘It was hard at times, like when money was tight, but all in all, he was great.’
      • ‘Taken all in all, this is probably the biggest humanitarian relief operation in history.’
      • ‘The bar is set very high for animations now and all in all, this is just a distinctly average film.’
      • ‘It's an extremely odd little movie, all in all, and it's a little tough to understand the high expectations.’
      • ‘This was the first outing and all in all, a very successful learning experience.’
      • ‘So all in all, it was a very nice evening and I thank everyone who voted me the thing but couldn't be present.’
      • ‘But all in all, Brown has good reason to envy the performance of the American economy.’
      • ‘So, all in all, I have begun looking for shows I think come from this sort of thinking.’
      • ‘So, all in all, it baffles me that more British anglers don't hunt out asp specifically when they're travelling abroad.’
      • ‘So all in all, they are asking you to close your eyes and believe.’
      • ‘But all in all, I would much rather have been running on the straight.’
      • ‘So, all in all, I would still say the economy is a major issue for American voters at this point.’
      • ‘Although the site may have been different, all in all, the annual celebration of this culture was a success.’
      • ‘So all in all, apart from the obvious need to drive, I think it's something I really want to do.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is, all in all, quite a spectacular living space, and there is a strange feeling of deja vu.’
      • ‘I think we both recognised that what we had done was, all in all, a low-down thing.’
      • ‘They wreak havoc on our nervous systems and, all in all, make for generally unsavoury experiences.’
      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’
      • ‘It was only then that I noticed all sorts of little details which had evaded my notice earlier.’
      • ‘When you get used to all sorts of different bits of kit attached to your body they lose their mystique.’
      • ‘Bradford needs to develop a different, more positive image on all sorts of fronts.’
      • ‘It also means I can test out a different commenting system and try all kinds of fancy things.’
      • ‘So I did all sorts of crazy stuff and got myself into trouble on a regular basis.’
      • ‘The gain is that all kinds of minorities with different views are now represented.’
      • ‘I worked at Stockport for five years in all and worked on all sorts of different engines.’
      • ‘We'll start having all sorts of trouble with you if you start thinking you're funny.’
      • ‘It is possible to think of all sorts of offbeat things or things that would sound trite.’
      • ‘Stories from all kinds of different cultures have common threads running through them.’
      • ‘The foot is incredibly complex and all kinds of forces and loads pass through different parts.’
      • ‘The carmaker has filled its body with all kinds of cunningly developed foams and insulators.’
      • ‘If we had kept them we could have had towns laid out like our fields in all sorts of different shapes.’
      • ‘The problem that the analysts have is that they have to please all sorts of different people.’
      • ‘The internet is also a means for people to get music from all sorts of different sources.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In our group there are people from all sorts of different political backgrounds.’
      • ‘There are all sorts of other cases in which the standard components of parenting can come apart.’
      • ‘If you start chasing this team on a good night for them, you can end up in all sorts of trouble.’
  • all manner of

    • Many different kinds of.

      ‘echinacea is used by American Indians for all manner of ailments’
      • ‘The simple answer is to fill in the blanks with all manner of really important things to do.’
      • ‘Living on the main road, I see this every day with all manner of vehicles whose drivers ignore the speed limit.’
      • ‘Nowadays, worshippers of all faiths can rely on all manner of electronic reminders.’
      • ‘The door is double-locked, with chains and bolts, because behind it lies all manner of secrets.’
      • ‘Our society claims to be caring - yet unrestrained selfishness leads to all manner of evil.’
      • ‘They are also a critical means of expanding the market reach for all manner of products in an economy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As always in such cases, all manner of conspiracy theories immediately sprang up.’
      • ‘They've come up with all manner of catchy slogans designed to tip the scales in their favour.’
      • ‘A conflict raged at the heart of Europe which posed all manner of seminal questions for the nature of humanity.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘Friday was my Birthday and we had a pretty good night—Tom brought out a bottle of Baileys and it was all on.’
      • ‘Once I'd stashed my laptop bag behind the bar, 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’
      • ‘We'll be going all out for victory, which would do wonders for the game in this part of the country.’
      • ‘It is not like the Champions League format where you can go all out to win the game.’
      • ‘The Galway side know only too well the task that lies ahead of them and they will be all out to upset the odds.’
      • ‘The racecourse's new owners are going all out make their first meeting a memorable one.’
      • ‘Those involved are fully aware that they may not succeed in stopping an all out war.’
      • ‘Perhaps just as importantly, another company is also going all out to win the contract.’
      • ‘We will be going all out to win every game and we might surprise a few people.’
      • ‘In other words, when the Prime Minister is confident of victory he goes all out to ensure he wins.’
      • ‘These two players both went close as College went all out for an equaliser.’
      • ‘Now once again the President of the USA is making plans for an all out effort to put a man on Mars.’
      • ‘After a goalless first half, Ware went all out after the break to stifle Dorking's creativity.’
      • ‘The newcomers will be going all out to claim the team championship in a special six-a-side event.’
      • ‘The team will be all out to retain the title but they will know that champions can be beaten.’
      • ‘It also creates the impression that the President is prepared to go all out to get his way at any cost.’
      • ‘Ministers will be putting their differences behind them and going all out for victory.’
      • ‘Activists are now going all out to win the ballot for action over the next few weeks.’
      • ‘With the win vital to Rossendale, they went on all out attack to try for the much needed goal and the three points.’
      • ‘The speaker from east London, where they went all out and won, got a great reception.’
      • ‘If draws are removed, we will see better matches with teams playing all out attacking football.’
      • ‘Expect the action to be fast and furious as the drivers go all out to win the Southern Championship on the day.’
      strenuously, energetically, vigorously, hard, mightily, with all one's might, with all one's might and main, heartily, with vigour, with great effort, fiercely, intensely, eagerly, enthusiastically, industriously, diligently, assiduously, conscientiously, sedulously, with application, earnestly, with perseverance, persistently, indefatigably
      strenuous, energetic, vigorous, powerful, potent, forceful, forcible
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  • all over

    • 1Completely finished.

      ‘it's all over between us’
      • ‘It’s all over between Shravani and Zaheer.’
      • ‘So you think it's all over?’
      • ‘I can't believe it's all over!’
      • ‘It's all over between us.’
      • ‘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, but it could be messy.’
      • ‘However, a pal claims that it is all over between them.’
      • ‘It's all over for homophobia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's all over between Kate and Pete, as she chucks out her belongings.’
    • 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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘By the time I was finished I was hurting all over again, but this time I was not going to cry.’
        • ‘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!’
      • ‘See, that's you all over.’
      • ‘That's him all over: irreverent, outspoken, outrageously good company.’
      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 round

    • 1In all respects.

      ‘it was a bad day all round’
      • ‘But that was a bad day all round and we never got going, it was backs to the wall the whole time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is by far the best all round sport and can be done by people of all abilities, young or old.’
      • ‘Share buy-backs can be good news all round.’
    • 2For or by each person.

      ‘drinks all round’
      • ‘Now it was our turn, with big smiles and handshakes all round as we went through the final safety briefs.’
      • ‘Satisfied and with a newly acquired tan we also indulged in pitchers of drinks all round and some photo taking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of these people are much more important than the rest of us but some are just rascals all round.’
  • all's well that ends well

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘However, all's well that ends well with Joseph reconciling himself with his brothers and a new sister - Jamin.’
      • ‘Keep mentioning who he's supposed to be and if he fails to answer at one point then all's well that ends well.’
      • ‘So the punter is now exceedingly happy with his connection, and all's well that ends well.’
  • all that ——

  • all the same

  • all the ——

    • see the (sense 6)
  • all there

    • informal usually with negativeIn full possession of one's mental faculties.

      ‘he's not quite 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was now looking at me as if I was not all there.’
      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’
      • ‘Are we doing it all the time? If not, then why not?’
      • ‘You can't uproot your family and buy a new house when there's talk of closure all the time.’
      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
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  • all together

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

      ‘they arrived all together’
      Compare with altogether
      • ‘Going back to the good old days of doing nothing and doing it all together is no longer a possibility.’
      • ‘Hubbs and I had tears in our eyes at the sight of seeing them all together again, all alive.’
      • ‘Before the evening was over I went to get my neighbor Jan to take a picture of us all together on my deck.’
      • ‘And yet taken all together there is far more to the loss of these seats than these localised factors.’
      • ‘But you can't do much more than that until all the players are back and we are all together.’
      • ‘There will be two million people of my age in Marienfeld camping out on the one night all together.’
      • ‘We all left together and I remember walking all together to the kerb edge.’
      • ‘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.’
      together, 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’
      • ‘Yet all told, its simplicities are gloriously redeemed by the novel's intricate take on sexuality, and its ecstatic and gilded prose.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Red Deer Press did well, with five awards all told, but even this didn't match their 1999 performance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have won three out of the last four championships and all told, have won a total of seven.’
      • ‘So February looks to be pretty promising all told.’
      • ‘Unlike the Smiths, there were probably only a dozen men all told in this group.’
      • ‘It is, all told, one of the purest experiences you can have.’
      • ‘SRU supremo Bill Watson said that Premiership One clubs will lose an average of two players, which is up to 20 players 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.’
      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’
      • ‘As long as our concerns are left outstanding we will fight this development all the way.’
      • ‘We need support from relatives behind us all the way if we are to push for extra money.’
      • ‘The married dad of two is dedicated to the school say colleagues, who back him 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.’
      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’
        • ‘He'd never pick me, being his son and so young 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.’
        as well, also, too, besides, into the bargain, in addition, additionally, on top, on top of that, over and above that, what's more, moreover, furthermore
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  • at all

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

      ‘I don't like him at all’
      • ‘They have no principles, at all.’
      • ‘The criticism really wasn't accurate at all.’
      • ‘She works full time and if she has children at all it will be as late as possible.’
      • ‘There were eight children and no groceries, no money to buy soap, no money to buy anything at all.’
      • ‘He added that people had been advised to avoid the Ashchurch area if at all possible.’
      • ‘Most of us would probably want to stay in bed if at all possible and give advice over the phone.’
      • ‘One of them is poor to the extent that their parent cannot afford to support them at all.’
      • ‘I don't think that the government will change at all.’
      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?’
        • ‘What kind of man is he, at all, at all?’
        • ‘How 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’
      • ‘Todd is very intelligent and is all about media and everything film.’
      • ‘I am all about creating memories with my family.’
      • ‘Apparently they're all about taking credit for the end result.’
      • ‘Flavors, I am all about the flavors, baby.’
      • ‘I'm all about making life more convenient.’
      • ‘This is a relationship business and we're all about that.’
      • ‘I have a friend who is all about the show, in fact, and sings its praises quite strongly.’
      • ‘He'll never be typecast because he's all about defining himself in a persona.’
      • ‘I know that both Jim and Mike feel this way, that Welles was all about pulling off an amazing effect for the viewer.’
      • ‘If you're watching this movie, you're all about the kung fu.’
      • ‘We're all about the customer.’
      • ‘I am all about the thrill of movement.’
      • ‘In fact, I am all about the love.’
      • ‘Thanks guys, we got it already - you're all about the family unit.’
      • ‘Believing in the supposedly impossible is what he is all about.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘It was all one to Danny whether they set up a republic or a skittle alley afterwards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The audience, the organizers, the two presiding media (newspapers and radio), are all one to him.’
      • ‘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.’
  • be all that

    • informal Be very attractive or good.

      ‘He thinks he's all that—Yeah, God's gift’
      • ‘Eddy, who thought he was all that, asked Jonas what he got on the test.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Vlad and Sheff have been all that and a bag of chips for the teams who signed them as free agents.’
      • ‘He may be all that, but he's in New York, and that's a long way from here.’
    • 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’
      • ‘Expressing regret is all very well, but restitution of those rights is also required.’
      • ‘Restoration of Victorian values is all very well, but it does not strike me as particularly practical.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is all very well to criticise that action, but we need to come up with a solution by way of an alternative.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pragmatism is all very well, but there are blunter ways to describe the new state of mind.’
      • ‘I mean, this is all very well as a hobby, but will blogging put food on the table?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • for all ——

    • In spite of ——

      ‘for all its clarity and style, the book is not easy reading’
      • ‘Could it be that Ms Rice, for all her brains, was simply a woman out of step with the times?’
      • ‘Even my wife, for all her fears of security crackdowns, is urging me to do it.’
      • ‘A dog, for all its admirable and unique qualities, is not a human being and is not treated in the law as such.’
      • ‘The truth is, for all its apparent strength, the Party has worked itself into a position of profound and growing decay.’
      • ‘The actors, for all their pedigree, never seemed to find the right pitch.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘In all, there are eight changes from the run-one side that beat Australia in Sydney.’
      • ‘It's just over a mile in all, and I arrive back wheezing for breath but alive and well.’
      • ‘The caravans, up to twenty in all, were moved on by the weekend.’
      • ‘There were, of course, wines to accompany this: 13 of them in all.’
      • ‘There are three flats in all at the address and it seems to be quiet and secluded.’
      • ‘There were four tents in all, three for the thirty male soldiers and one for the ten females.’
      • ‘In all, 250 students from 25 colleges made it to the finals of various events organised as part of the festival.’
      • ‘We had a family meal (there were 14 of us in all) in a posh hotel.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘Begin the series by coming on to all fours with the wrists underneath the shoulders and the knees underneath the hips.’
      • ‘The ground shook violently as the bear crashed down on to all fours.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally, roll over on to all fours to a stable table-like position with your hands and knees about shoulder width apart.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many babies pull themselves over on to all fours and start to crawl.’
      • ‘Occasionally she almost gets on to all fours, but then sits down again.’
      • ‘Come on to all fours in a neutral table top position.’
      • ‘Go on to all fours (as above) ensuring your shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above your knees.’
      • ‘The bear dropped back on to all fours and I thought it was going to come at me, kill me.’
  • one's all

    • One's whole strength or resources.

      ‘I want to give my all to what I am doing now’
      • ‘Solos are performed well, Paul puts his all into his singing (he has, like, the starring role, you see).’
      • ‘The only thing I know to do is just give it my all, put my whole heart and soul into the job.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The whole cast gave their all, turning from what I gather was a shaky first night earlier in the week into a roaring success.’
      • ‘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 second half saw United still putting their all into the match.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every actor was putting in their all - even when they weren't on stage they stayed in character haranguing from the sidelines.’
      • ‘Mayo fought spiritedly, and gave it their all but the strength, balance and passion which underlines Tyrone football just now told in the end.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

all

/ɔːl/

Main definitions of all in English

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ALL2

  • Albanian lek(s).