all the time; from the beginningI realized it was in my pocket all along.all along
in every way; in all respectsa good performance all aroundall around
all the better, harder, etc.
so much better, harder, etc.We'll have to work all the harder with two people out sick.all the better, harder, etc.
all but1 almostThe party was all but over when we arrived.It was all but impossible to read his writing.2 everything or everyone except something or someoneAll but one of the plates were damaged.all but
all of something(often ironic) used to emphasize an amount, a size, etc. usually when it is very smallIt must be all of 100 feet to the car!all of
all of a sudden
quickly and unexpectedlyAll of a sudden someone grabbed me around the neck.all of a sudden
all over1 everywhereWe looked all over for the ring.2 what you would expect of the person mentionedThat sounds like my sister all over.all over
all there(informal) having a healthy mind; thinking clearlyHe behaves very oddly at times—I don't think he's all there.all there
be all about someone/something
used to say what the most important aspect of something isIt's all about money these days.be all about
be all for something/for doing something
to believe strongly that something should be doneThey're all for saving money where they can.be all for doingbe all for for doing