All in all our trip to Europe was a success
used for emphasis when introducing direct speech or nonverbal communication:
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the object of ones attention or interest:
Its not all that different from your other house.
everything; everything regarded as important:
more advantageous; so much the better:
typically; representatively (in the phrase
in spite of the circumstances; notwithstanding:
coffee, tea, and all that will be served in the garden
awl(see usage note at the current entry)
used as a filler or to make what precedes more vague: in this sense, it often occurs with concessive force:
(ones) complete effort or interest:
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There were twelve absentees all in all.
and you can take that smile off your face and all
all work and no play (makes Jack a dull boy)
Old Englisheallall, every, entire, from Proto-Germanic*alnaz(cf. Old Frisian, Old High Germanal, Old Norseallr, Gothicalls), with no certain connection outside Germanic.
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and similar or associated things; et cetera:
and prefer to omit it, the construction is entirely standard.
) in any way whatsoever or to any extent or degree:
the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively):
The case was settled once and for all when the appeal was denied.
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to be exceptionally good, talented, or attractive
to give ones all; to lose ones all.
mentally competent; not insane or feeble-minded:
used with a negative or in a question
all the cake; all the way; all year.
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she was sweet and pretty and all that, but I still didnt like her
We were all in at the end of the day.
for all my pushing, I still couldnt move it
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This is all the farther the bus goes. Thats all the higher she can jump.
the score at half time was three all
All in all, her health is greatly improved.
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foll by a comparative adjective or adverb
Learn the correct uses of these two commonly confused homophones.
dominated by or as if by the conspicuous possession or use of a particular feature:
The colt was all legs. They were all ears, listening attentively to everything she said.
People invent new words all the time, but which ones actually make it?
Combinations withallmeaning wholly, without limit were common in Old English (e.g.eall-haligall-holy,eall-mihtigall-mighty) and the method continued to form new compound words throughout the history of English. First record ofall outto ones full powers is 1880.All-terrain vehiclefirst recorded 1968.All clearas a signal of no danger is recorded from 1902.All right, indicative of approval, is attested from 1953.
over the whole area (of something); everywhere (in, on, etc):
Some of his farfetched ideas made us suspect that he wasnt all there.
Its all up with Georgetheyve caught him.
so much (more or less) than otherwise:
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with all due respect; with all speed.
the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree):
This is as far as the bus goes. Thats as high as she can jump.
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in such a way and so suddenly that sails or engines are still set to propel a vessel forward:
What with the snow and all, we may be a little late.
the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration):
He spent his income all on pleasure.
shes not as pretty as all that, but she has personality
He ate all of the peanuts. All are gone.
(of the copy for typesetting a particular article, book, issue, etc.) in the possession of the compositor.
together with every other associated or connected attribute, object, or circumstance:
Is that all you want to say? All is lost.
the whole quantity or amount of; totality of; every one of a class:
with all available means or effort:
ones whole interest, energy, or property:
Although some object to the inclusion of
Above all, the little girl wanted a piano.
This small mark has two primary uses: to signify possession or omitted letters.
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in combination with a noun used as a modifier
as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural
remarkably; entirely; decidedly (used in negative constructions):
If the sun shines it will be all the better for our trip.
for all anyone knows, he was a baron
) a parenthetical filler phrase used at the end of a statement to make a sl ight pause in speaking
Taking everything into account, as in