Definition of all over in English:

all over


  • 1Completely finished.

    ‘it's all over between us’
    • ‘So you think it's all over?’
    • ‘It's all over, but it could be messy.’
    • ‘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 Shravani and Zaheer.’
    • ‘It's all over for the Archbishop.’
    • ‘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 homophobia.’
    • ‘I can't believe it's all over!’
    • ‘However, a pal claims that it is all over between them.’
    • ‘It's all over between Kate and Pete, as she chucks out her belongings.’
  • 2informal Everywhere.

    ‘there were bodies all over’
    • ‘I radioed in that there was oil all over, but I got through it and we finished in one piece.’
    • ‘The past pupils came from all over to join in the celebrations.’
    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. 2.1 With reference to all parts of the body.
      ‘I was shaking all over’
      • ‘My body was shaking all over as I left the room, and I prayed to God I wouldn't trip on the way out.’
      • ‘Sweat was beading on his body, he was shaking all over, and he was breathing hard.’
      • ‘By the time he'd finished I was beaming all over, eyes wide in delight as I listened to him.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3informal Typical 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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  • 4informal Effusively attentive to.

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


all over

/ˌɔːl ˈəʊvə/