1Used before a singular noun to refer to all the individual members of a set without exception: the hotel assures every guest of personal attention [with possessive determiner]: the children hung on his every word
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- He had no issue with that at all and that made it easier for every member of the family.
- After a decade the group still have a few original members and gain new members every year.
- We all agree that every society and every individual has the right to self defence.
1.1Used before an amount to indicate how often something happens: tours are every thirty minutes they had every third week off
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- The camp will run from Friday to Sunday and will return on the third weekend of every month.
- On every third opening of the pages, there is a medallist now known to have cheated.
- In some swims, on every third cast the weight would jam up on a hidden snag and we'd have to pull for a break.
1.2(Used for emphasis) all possible; the utmost: you have every reason to be disappointed
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- He said staff were now making every effort to encourage new applications for grants.
- These children are our future and should be given every chance possible to succeed.
- The Rotarians have agreed that every possible step should be taken to stop the work.
every bit as
- (In comparisons) quite as: the planning should be every bit as enjoyable as the event itselfMore example sentences
- At home, the government has pursued Tory policies every bit as ardently as the Tories would have done.
- His musical legacy lives on thanks to dedicated fans of his style, many of whom play every bit as well as he ever did.
- Buy the wrong kind of property in the wrong location and you will have picked every bit as bad a dog as any bombing share.
- see inch1.
every last (or every single)
- Used to emphasize that every member of a group is included: unbelievers, every last one of themMore example sentences
- Because those rights are the rights of every single member of this United Kingdom.
- She's frightened every single moment of every single day for herself and her family.
- Practically every single thing said by every single character will make you laugh.
every man has his price
- proverb Everyone is open to bribery if the inducement offered is large enough.More example sentences
- Last week he was appointed Senior manager there and it just goes to show that every man has his price.
- I'm sure they have discovered it by now but aren't telling, but every man has his price.
every now and again (or now and then)
- From time to time; occasionally: I used to see him every now and thenMore example sentences
- Only the occasional deadpan one liner leaks out every now and again.
- Perhaps it's healthy to have a kick in the teeth like that every now and then.
- The Chief Minister encouraged a little spoken of question that comes up every now and then.
- Each alternate in a series: I train with weights every other day the auctions are held every second weekMore example sentences
- She has a fulltime job this year, but she trains once a day and twice every other day.
- They are all for the odd shock, but not every other week, thank you very much.
- It's like having my own brief personal horoscope appearing almost every other day for all to see.
every so often
- From time to time; occasionally: every so often I need a laugh to stay saneMore example sentences
- They'd stop by our place every so often to see if she is fine, and there will always be a stand-by car for her if she needs to go anywhere.
- He has a habit of disappearing every so often… then he makes a great comeback.
- Stir it every so often so it doesn't stick to the bottom, or, even worse - burn.
- Without exception: Maris Piper potatoes cook beautifully every timeMore example sentences
- We are going down the line of saying we cannot always send a police officer every time people ring in.
- Phone each company every time as well and make sure you always speak to the same person.
- There is a risk every time an engine goes out but only sending one is a gamble.
every which way informal
- In all directions: my feet went every which wayMore example sentences
- Arms aloft, hips swaying, feet shuffling every which way, he was the talk of the dance floor at York's Gallery Nightclub.
- All Sarah could see was feet running every which way, panicking.
- Since the anger is usually directed every which way, it will soon exhaust itself.
- By all available means: since then he has tried every which way to avoid contact with his exMore example sentences
- In spite of the barrage of questions regarding development of airports in Kerala, all that he promised was to contribute to Kerala's development in every which way that he could.
- Scotland took that on-field cool into the autumn test with Samoa, who used every which way to turn up their unique attacking heat but were fought off 18-11.
- You can argue that every which way, and people do.