a broadcast alert from one police station to all others in an area, state, etc., as with instructions to arrest a particular suspect or suspects.
Police put out an all-points bulletin but fear that the men have already fled Britain.
Return of the Pink Panthers? Eric Pape August 11, 2009
I’ve sent out an all-points bulletin asking for information.
The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
They also notified the parole board, who put out an all-points bulletin immediately.
By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
(in the US) an alert broadcast to all police officers within an area, instructing the arrest of a suspect
a radio message sent to all of a police force within an area, esp. when seeking a suspected criminal; abbr. APB
having or exercising exclusive and unlimited authority; omnipotent. Contemporary Examples Two years later, she and her husband were all-powerful, supporting their nephew as he took the reins of power. The Women Behind the Throne in North Korea’s ‘Empire of Horror’ The Telegraph December 14, 2013 Lee Smith argues that – among other things – the […]
- All present and accounted for
All members or items of a group are here or their whereabouts are known, as in Is everyone ready to board the bus?—All present and accounted for. This expression almost certainly originated in the armed forces as a response to roll call. By proper logic, the and should be or. Nevertheless, the expression is used […]
for every purpose: an all-purpose detergent. Contemporary Examples But the pope thought of him more as an all-purpose authority on anything scientific or technical. Benjamin Franklin, America’s First Storm Chaser Lee Sandlin April 13, 2013 This all-purpose response would also allow one to deny that there is a missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777. Evangelicals Still […]
- All quiet on the western front
a novel (1929) by Erich Maria Remarque. (1929) A German novel by Erich Maria Remarque about the horrors and futility of World War I. Note: A film adaptation of the novel appeared in 1930. Widely considered the first major antiwar motion picture of the modern era, it won the Academy Award for best picture. A […]