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all  /l/  adj. 1 of a total: All the students (adults, citizens, etc.) came to the meeting. 2 regarding the most of s.t.: In all honesty, I hate my job. 3 all in: to be exhausted, totally fatigued: The runner finished the race, but afterwards he was all in.
n. 1 all or nothing: unless s.t. is done, all will be lost: We either put more money in the business or close it; its all or nothing. 2 adv. all the same: no difference: Its all the same to me if he leaves or stays. 3 infrml.fig. and all that or and all that jazz: et cetera, and all else: We moved our furniture, books, refrigerator, and all that jazz to a new apartment. 4 on all fours: a. (people) on both hands and knees: He got down on all fours to look for the pin that he had dropped. b. (animals) on all four legs: Dogs and cats walk on all fours. 5 the be all and end all: (usu. ironic) a total solution, ultimate happiness: My boss has bought a new computer system, which he sees as the be all and end all of his problems. 6 to give ones all: to give ones total energy (effort, commitment): She gave her all to finish the job on time.
pron. 1 everyone, everything: My friends and I attended a party and all had a good time. 2 all but: most, all except: All but a few people ran toward the speaker.
adv. 1 totally, completely: Jack was upset because he came late and the beer was all gone. 2 for a given time period: It rained all night (day, week, etc.). 3 all along: at the same time, for the whole time s.t. else was happening: He knew all along that he was dying of cancer, but he stayed cheerful. 4 all at once: suddenly, abruptly: The crowd was quiet; then all at once it began to applaud. 5 infrml. all fired up: excited, (syn.) eager: The audience is all fired up by what the speaker has said. 6 all in all: considering everything: It rained for a while, but all in all we had a good time at the picnic. 7 all in good time: eventually: Dont worry; that problem will be taken care of all in good time. 8 all of a sudden: abruptly, by total surprise: We were driving in the country when all of a sudden a deer ran across the road. 9 all out: with total effort, (syn.) completely dedicated: We have to go all out to finish the job on time. 10 all over: a. everywhere, covered completely: The dog knocked over the dish, and water spilled all over. b. finished, (syn.) terminated: Our relationship is finished; its all over between us. 11 all right: a. well, healthy: I feel all right today. b. OK, yes: Would you like to join us? All right. c. satisfactorily: The motor in the car works all right. d. exclam.infrml. wonderful, great: The football team scored, and a fan shouted, All right! 12 vulg. all the way: (to have) sex: The couple hugged and kissed, but she refused to go all the way. 13 all things considered: taking everything into account: We made a profit this year, so all things considered, we did well. 14 all told: in total, in sum: All told, five thousand people were at the concert. 15 at all: (used with a negative) totally: I dont like the way that you are behaving at all, so stop it!
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