through, on, beside, over, or parallel to the length or direction of; from one end to the other of:
to walk along a highway; to run a border along a shelf.
during; in the course of:
Somewhere along the way I lost my hat.
in conformity or accordance with:
I plan to revise the article along the lines suggested.
by the length; lengthwise; parallel to or in a line with the length or direction:
He ran along beside me.
with a progressive motion; onward:
The police ordered the line to move along.
(of time) some way on:
along toward evening.
in company; in agreement (usually followed by with):
I’ll go along with you. He planned the project along with his associates.
as a companion; with one:
She took her brother along.
from one person or place to another:
The order was passed along from the general to the captain and from the captain to a private.
at or to an advanced place or state:
Work on the new ship is quite far along.
as an accompanying item; on hand:
Bring along your umbrella.
along of, Chiefly Southern U.S. and British Dialect.
owing to; because of:
We weren’t invited, along of your rudeness.
in company with:
You come along of me to the store.
get along. (def 36).
all along, all the time; throughout:
I knew all along that it was a lie.
be along, Informal. to arrive at a place; come:
They should be along soon.
over or for the length of, esp in a more or less horizontal plane: along the road
continuing over the length of some specified thing
in accompaniment; together with some specified person or people: he says he’d like to come along
forward: the horse trotted along at a steady pace
to a more advanced state: he got the work moving along
along with, accompanying; together with: consider the advantages along with the disadvantages
Old English andlang “entire, continuous; extended; all day long; alongside of,” from and- “opposite, against” (from Proto-Germanic *andi-, *anda-, from PIE *anti “against,” locative singular of *ant- “front, forehead;” see ante) + lang “long” (see long (adj.)). Sense extended to “through the whole length of.”
From the start, throughout, from end to end, as in I’ve known he was innocent all along. [ c. 1600 ]
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representing the entire United States. composed exclusively of American members or elements. selected as the best in the United States, as in a sport: the all-American college football team of 1983. an all-American player or performer. Contemporary Examples “Palin 2012,” said Jayme Pack, an outspoken, all-American seventeen-year-old girl. The Land That Obama Forgot Denver Nicks […]
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Also, all the way down the line . At every point, stage, or moment. For example, We’ve had problems with this supplier all along the line , or He’s been very helpful all the way down the line . The line originally referred to a row of troops, but the expression has been used figuratively […]
various or diverse: sundry persons. all and sundry, everybody, collectively and individually: Free samples were given to all and sundry. sundry things or items, especially small, miscellaneous items of little value. Compare (def 6). Contemporary Examples The couturier famously traveled the world on scouting trips, looking to draw design inspiration from sundry cultures. Paris’ Sad […]
- All and sundry
various or diverse: sundry persons. all and sundry, everybody, collectively and individually: Free samples were given to all and sundry. determiner several or various; miscellaneous pronoun all and sundry, all the various people, individually and collectively noun (pl) -dries (pl) miscellaneous unspecified items (Austral, cricket) also called extra. a run not scored from the bat, […]