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