All told

simple past tense and past participle of 1 .
all told, counting everyone or everything; in all:
There were 50 guests all told.
(sentence modifier) taking every one into account; in all: we were seven all told
the past tense and past participle of tell1
See all told

past tense of tell, from Old English talde, past tense of tellan (see tell (v.)).

noun phrase

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Added up, in summation, as in The ferry will hold 80 passengers all told, or All told, his proposal makes some good points. This idiom, first recorded in 1850, uses the verb tell in the sense of “count.”

all told
I told you so
little bird told me also see under


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