Definition of by (or from) all accounts in US English:

by (or from) all accounts


  • According to what one has heard or read.

    ‘by all accounts he is a pretty nice guy’
    • ‘And from all accounts, there have been several such fatalities.’
    • ‘And from all accounts, many of the residents there have chosen to leave that area.’
    • ‘This, from all accounts, may be an annual event and everyone who attended had a ball.’
    • ‘However, from all accounts, our Juvenile athletes appear to be in splendid form.’
    • ‘Similarly, whatever is said on radio is taken as gospel by undiscerning listeners who, from all accounts, comprise the clear majority.’
    • ‘Jones, by all accounts, is improved this season in build and mind.’
    • ‘Yet, from all accounts, she came pretty close to erecting a large shopping complex which would have become a rather incongruous backdrop to the Taj Mahal.’
    • ‘Sam was, by all accounts, a practical hands-on man whose grip had the grit of hard work.’
    • ‘She went ahead with it, and from all accounts, it was an extremely emotional, moving experience.’
    • ‘But, from all accounts, most thong wearers do claim a sense of self-assurance and freedom.’
    • ‘He was a very good musician and, from all accounts, a very kind human being, and he will be widely missed.’
    • ‘A great business plan from all accounts but no real backing.’
    • ‘Your marriage, from all accounts, isn't a happy one.’
    • ‘It won Gold at this year's award advertising ceremony and, by all accounts, is earning gold at the tills.’
    • ‘And by all accounts, Des is having an inspirational effect on the young members of the cast.’
    • ‘No matter that from all accounts, including this Sunday morning's, his cricketing abilities ranked somewhere near mine.’
    • ‘The publisher was also, by all accounts, a damn good copy editor.’
    • ‘He was, by all accounts, a crude chap who, when he cursed, did so to effect.’
    • ‘I think it's certainly good news that the action that happened overseas has happened quickly and from all accounts there's no evidence of any athletes actually using this new substance.’
    • ‘Happy to report the Hungary Festival in Japan, by all accounts, was an overwhelming success.’
    reputedly, supposedly, according to popular belief, so the story goes, so i'm told, so people say, by repute, allegedly, putatively, apparently, seemingly, ostensibly
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