Definition of all in English:
predeterminer, determiner& pronoun
- I wipe it against the other finger tips and suddenly all of them are all white paint.
- Also to all of you dedicated people who have supported June all year a big thank you.
- All of these can all be found in the granite-gneiss basement of the central Black Forest.
- He had denied all knowledge of this appointment a few minutes before.
- The boxer denied all knowledge of the gun, ammunition and drugs and told police he had been set up.
- Except that both drivers who plied the route denied all knowledge of the transaction.
- With all possible respect to the authors of this proposal, I do not find it very clear.
- We are making sure they are doing everything in their power to sort things out with all due speed.
- With all due respect, I think that it is time for your writer to ask of herself why she does it.
- How much must this cost in time and paperwork, surely all that is required is a police presence?
- Make any change to the reference period, change the baseline, and all that happens is you create equivalent offsets to the beginning and ending anomaly.
- I realize its a little obscure, but it amused me and thats all that counts.
- It all seems a bit strange, especially having only just taken the job at Molineux.
- Where is the Government in all of this, do they think all is right with the world, do they?
- On the surface, all is well.
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- But it was scary in court anyway, with everyone all dressed up just like the real thing.
- He was all dressed up, wearing a suit and a kaffiyeh, he looked really respectable.
- A woman was at home, all dressed in white, she had her little white pet mouse with her.
- Mummy, there's something wrong with Mary. Her face has gone all funny.
- A girl in the party on the table next to us suddenly came over all unwell.
- Seeing you for the first time made me feel all strange.
- The junior was on top in the early part of the game only to relax and see her older opponent come back into the game to take the match to two all.
- Byes will be recorded as 1-all draws and the team will receive 1 pt.
- This was a game that went basket for basket with the game level at 14 all for some time.
A little Old English word found in a host of popular phrases. Although associated with the Second World War, the all-clear dates from the very beginning of the 20th century. It refers to a signal such as a siren that indicates enemy aircraft have left the area, making it safe to come out into the open from bomb shelters or other places of refuge. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others comes from George Orwell's Animal Farm ( 1945) a satire in which the animals take over the farm, only to find the pigs become even worse masters. All done with mirrors means ‘achieved by trickery or illusion’. One of the earliest examples of the phrase comes from a 1908 play by G. K. Chesterton ( 1874–1936) called Magic, about a conjuror working out how an effect might be created, but it probably goes back to 19th-century magicians. All human life is there was an advertising slogan used by British tabloid newspaper the News of the World in the 1950s. The phrase had been used earlier by the novelist Henry James ( 1843–1916) in The Madonna of the Future ( 1879). A maker of statuettes says of his wares, ‘Cats and monkeys—monkeys and cats—all human life is there!’ The first things to be described as all-singing, all-dancing were film musicals. Posters for Broadway Melody ( 1929) carried the slogan ‘All Talking All Singing All Dancing’. These days something ‘all-singing, all-dancing’ is generally an advanced computer or other gadget. The proverb all good things must come to an end dates back to the 15th century, usually in the form ‘All things must come to (or have) an end’. The inclusion of the word ‘good’ in the proverb appears to be a 20th-century development. The other ‘all’ proverb, all's well that ends well, is even older and was first recorded in the 14th century as ‘If the end is well, then is all well’.
- All the time; from the beginning: she’d known all alongMore example sentences
- It's there, maybe it was even there all along because it's so hard to find.
- I think it goes to show that, perhaps, just perhaps, Bridget was right all along.
- And then I got two or three more people to explain it to me and it turns out I understood it all along.
all and sundry
- Everyone: he has borne a lot of unfair criticism from all and sundryMore example sentences
- I have exasperated all and sundry and got on everyone's nerves.
- It's a scam that includes everyone because it has the effect of appearing to benefit all and sundry.
- When he gets back to Leeside, the unidentified fan will no doubt be showing his classic snap to all and sundry for many years to come.
- She hasn't been on a train for 4 years and that was all but forgotten so she was a bit excited.
- Tans have been all but forgotten in popular literature, but that suits us just fine.
- They may be all but forgotten now but that doesn't mean they should not be left in peace.
- The plant is easy to grow in sun or partial shade and will tolerate all but chalky soils.
- It would keep us on our toes and discourage all but those with the most urgent banking business.
- Those who brandish or discharge firearms in a public place would, in all but the rarest cases, be locked up.
- chiefly informal Anyone who chooses to take part in an activity, typically a competition: the champion took on all comersMore example sentences
- Brian beat all comers in the competition as fishers from all over Ulster came to Silverbridge to try and catch a big one.
- Mr Dymond said it was hoped to have displays by professional skaters and bikers with open competitions for all comers to take part in.
- The Arksorn School has won the competition for the fifth straight year defeating all comers in the competition.
- informal Strongly in favour of: I was all for toleranceMore example sentences
in favour of, pro, for, giving support to, giving backing to, right behind, encouraging of, approving of, sympathetic to
- After speaking a bit, I asked him if he'd be down for an interview, and he was all for it.
- I'm all for seniors tackling technology with a song in their heart but your kitchen is your kitchen.
- I am all for recycling, but I don't see how we will gain anything from such a poorly managed scheme.
- see as —— as all get out at get-out.
all in all
- On the whole: all in all it’s been a good yearMore example sentences
- They wreak havoc on our nervous systems and, all in all, make for generally unsavoury experiences.
- But all in all, I would much rather have been running on the straight.
- So all in all, they are asking you to close your eyes and believe.
- Many different kinds of: he gets into all kinds of troubleMore example sentences
- When you get used to all sorts of different bits of kit attached to your body they lose their mystique.
- I worked at Stockport for five years in all and worked on all sorts of different engines.
- Stories from all kinds of different cultures have common threads running through them.
all manner of
- see manner.
- see sudden.
- another way of saying all-or-nothing. all-or-none judgements and positionsMore example sentences
- No, it's not as though if was an all-or-none thing, the increase was about 25% over the average, over the cycle.
- Instead of this all-or-none attitude, what is required of the contemporary practitioner is a realistic mindset that is open to possibilities and yet rigorously respectful of much needed scientific evidence.
- Remember that nothing in bodybuilding is an all-or-none proposition.
- Physiology 13.1 (Of a response) having a strength independent of the strength of the stimulus that caused it: the calcium mobilization has an all-or-none property manifested as a sudden release of calciumMore example sentences
- The all-or-none response of the action potential helped to identify the limit for a supra-threshold stimulus, by gradually increasing the amplitude of the pulse.
- Alternatively, if most of the vesicles contained none or just one single enzyme molecule, then the latter subset of vesicles caused an all-or-none response to the binding of the inhibitor.
- The BAER elicits an all-or-none response; a normal functioning ear will produce a specific waveform pattern while a nonfunctioning ear produces a flat line.
- Having no middle position or compromise available: an all-or-nothing decisionMore example sentences
- Given the all-or-nothing quality of this position, it's easy to imagine its chilly reception in the publishing world.
- The first abiding myth is that the miners' leadership faced a choice between a negotiated compromise and the all-or-nothing resistance they mounted.
- Perhaps Students' Council will smartly suggest that each project be voted on separately and save students from making an all-or-nothing decision.
- Using all one’s strength or resources: going all out to win [as adjective]: an all-out effortMore example sentences
strenuously, energetically, vigorously, hard, mightily, with all one's might (and main), heartily, with vigour, with great effort, fiercely, intensely, eagerly, enthusiastically, industriously, diligently, assiduously, conscientiously, sedulously, with application, earnestly, with perseverance, persistently, indefatigablyinformal like billy-o, like mad, like crazyspirited, mettlesome, plucky, determined, resolute, aggressive, eager, keen, enthusiastic, zealous, ardent, fervent, vehement, intense, intensive, passionate, fiery;wild, unrestrained, uncontrolled, unbridled;tough, blunt, hard-hitting, pulling no punchesinformal punchy, in-your-face
- Now once again the President of the USA is making plans for an all out effort to put a man on Mars.
- It is not like the Champions League format where you can go all out to win the game.
- With the win vital to Rossendale, they went on all out attack to try for the much needed goal and the three points.
- Gaughan stretched the lead to nine, a minute later and it seemed all over but Castlerea weren't finished.
- 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.
- 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.
- I'm shaking all over and sweating and my legs feel weak.
- 17 informal
- Everywhere: we’ve been all over the place looking for youMore example sentences
- Needless to say, the whole thing goes horribly wrong, one thing leads to another and before you know it bodies are dropping all over the place.
- There were body parts lying all over the place and blood all over the wall.
- However, for the most part he was having to throw his body all over the place.
- 17.1In a state of disorder: my hair was all over the placeMore example sentences
- I walk in, socks sopping, hair flopping, dignity all over the place, and explain my dilemma.
- The business cycle is too complex, and we're seeing the chaotic results all over the place.
- Secondly, although I had made a stab at categorising them through the use of folders, they really were all over the place and utterly chaotic.
all round (US all around)
- Indeed I don't think any of us emerged with any credit on a day which we will have to write off as a bad experience all round.
- But that was a bad day all round and we never got going, it was backs to the wall the whole time.
- It is by far the best all round sport and can be done by people of all abilities, young or old.
- Satisfied and with a newly acquired tan we also indulged in pitchers of drinks all round and some photo taking.
- Now it was our turn, with big smiles and handshakes all round as we went through the final safety briefs.
- This was truly a magnificent display of power rugby by the team and indeed a superb all round team effort.
all sorts of
- see all kinds of above.
all's well that ends well
- proverb If the outcome of a situation is happy, this compensates for any previous difficulty or unpleasantness.Example sentences
- So the punter is now exceedingly happy with his connection, and all's well that ends well.
- However, all's well that ends well with Joseph reconciling himself with his brothers and a new sister - Jamin.
- As Shakespeare noted, all's well that ends well, and Warren is going out in style with mordant humor intact and head held high after a decidedly up and down career as a person.
all that ——
- see that.
all the same
- see same.
all the ——
- see the (sense 6).
- [usually with negative] informal In full possession of one’s mental faculties: he’s not quite all thereMore example sentences
- There's another wee guy who was not quite all there and he used to go into the record shop and ask for Elvis' latest hit.
- You're not all there are you Mike? You should think seriously about getting some professional help.
- He stalks this girl he's in love with, but he's not all there.
all the time
- see time.
- All in one place or in a group; all at once: they arrived all together Compare with altogether.More example sentences
- We all left together and I remember walking all together to the kerb edge.
- It has been a while since I have had a lot of my friends all together in one place and it proves to be a fantastic night!
- And yet taken all together there is far more to the loss of these seats than these localised factors.
- In total: they tried a dozen times all toldMore example sentences
- Unlike the Smiths, there were probably only a dozen men all told in this group.
- They have won three out of the last four championships and all told, have won a total of seven.
- The huge increase in health spending has brought a staff rise of 160,00, with the NHS now employing 1.3 million all told.
all the way
- informal Without limit or reservation: I’m with you all the wayMore example sentences
- If the government decides that military action is the way to go, then I will back them all the way.
- As long as our concerns are left outstanding we will fight this development all the way.
- The married dad of two is dedicated to the school say colleagues, who back him all the way.
—— and all
- Used to emphasize something additional that is being referred to: she threw her coffee over him, mug and allMore example sentences
- She climbed into her bed, clothes and all, and went to sleep.
- We don't want to miss the start, so we head to the gig, bags and all, leaving the baffled hotel staff in the dust.
- He grabbed his plate and hurled it, food and all, against the wall.
- [with negative or in questions] (Used for emphasis) in any way; to any extent: I don’t like him at allMore example sentences
- He added that people had been advised to avoid the Ashchurch area if at all possible.
- Most of us would probably want to stay in bed if at all possible and give advice over the phone.
- One of them is poor to the extent that their parent cannot afford to support them at all.
be all about ——
- informal Be focused on or interested in (a particular thing): school has become my refuge and I’m all about being the perfect studentMore example sentences
- I know that both Jim and Mike feel this way, that Welles was all about pulling off an amazing effect for the viewer.
- Apparently they're all about taking credit for the end result.
- He'll never be typecast because he's all about defining himself in a persona.
be all one to
- Make no difference to: simple cases or hard cases, it’s all one to meMore example sentences
- The audience, the organizers, the two presiding media (newspapers and radio), are all one to him.
- Look, simple cases or hard cases, it's one to me.
- This is probably doubtful; yet it is all one to me; what she is were nothing to me if she would but go by herself and not talk.
be all that
- US informal Be very attractive or good: He thinks he’s all that—Yeah, God’s giftMore example sentences
- My brother was twenty-three this year; in his last year of college and, because of this, thought he was all that and a bag of chips.
- Eddy, who thought he was all that, asked Jonas what he got on the test.
- Vlad and Sheff have been all that and a bag of chips for the teams who signed them as free agents.
be all up with
- see up.
be all very well
- informal Used to criticize or reject a favourable or consoling remark: your proposal is all very well in theory, but in practice it will not payMore example sentences
- It is all very well to criticise that action, but we need to come up with a solution by way of an alternative.
- That's all very well, of course, but little consolation when the wins stop coming.
- Expressing regret is all very well, but restitution of those rights is also required.
for all ——
- In spite of ——: for all its clarity and style, the book is not easy readingMore example sentences
- Even my wife, for all her fears of security crackdowns, is urging me to do it.
- Could it be that Ms Rice, for all her brains, was simply a woman out of step with the times?
- A dog, for all its admirable and unique qualities, is not a human being and is not treated in the law as such.
- In total number; altogether: there were about 5,000 people in allMore example sentences
- It's just over a mile in all, and I arrive back wheezing for breath but alive and well.
- There are three flats in all at the address and it seems to be quiet and secluded.
- There were four tents in all, three for the thirty male soldiers and one for the ten females.
on (or on to) all fours
- On (or on to) hands and knees or (of an animal) on all four legs rather than just the hind ones: Frankie scuttled away on all foursMore example sentences
- The bear dropped back on to all fours and I thought it was going to come at me, kill me.
- Begin the series by coming on to all fours with the wrists underneath the shoulders and the knees underneath the hips.
- Many babies pull themselves over on to all fours and start to crawl.
- One’s whole strength or resources: I want to give my all to what I am doing nowMore example sentences
- Mayo fought spiritedly, and gave it their all but the strength, balance and passion which underlines Tyrone football just now told in the end.
- The only thing I know to do is just give it my all, put my whole heart and soul into the job.
- The whole cast gave their all, turning from what I gather was a shaky first night earlier in the week into a roaring success.
Words that rhyme with allappal (US appall), awl, Bacall, ball, bawl, befall, Bengal, brawl, call, caul, crawl, Donegal, drawl, drywall, enthral (US enthrall), fall, forestall, gall, Galle, Gaul, hall, haul, maul, miaul, miscall, Montreal, Naipaul, Nepal, orle, pall, Paul, pawl, Saul, schorl, scrawl, seawall, Senegal, shawl, small, sprawl, squall, stall, stonewall, tall, thrall, trawl, wall, waul, wherewithal, withal, yawl
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