Definition of all hands in English:

all hands

noun

  • 1Nautical
    Nautical. The full complement of sailors belonging to the crew of a ship.

  • 2informal Informal. In extended use: all the members of a party, especially when collectively engaged in work; everyone.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Smith (c1560–1591), Church of England clergyman. From all + the plural of hand.

Pronunciation

all hands

/ˌɔːl ˈhan(d)z/

Definition of all hands in English:

all hands

phrase

US
  • Originally USall hands and the cook: every member of a ship's crew without exception; (also in extended use) all the members of a party, with no exception; a large number of people.