Once-and-for-all



[awl] /ɔl/

adjective
1.
the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration):
all the cake; all the way; all year.
2.
the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively):
all students.
3.
the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree):
with all due respect; with all speed.
4.
every:
all kinds; all sorts.
5.
any; any whatever:
beyond all doubt.
6.
nothing but; only:
The coat is all wool.
7.
dominated by or as if by the conspicuous possession or use of a particular feature:
The colt was all legs. They were all ears, listening attentively to everything she said.
8.
Chiefly Pennsylvania German. all gone; consumed; finished:
The pie is all.
pronoun
9.
the whole quantity or amount:
He ate all of the peanuts. All are gone.
10.
the whole number; every one:
all of us.
11.
everything:
Is that all you want to say? All is lost.
noun
12.
one’s whole interest, energy, or property:
to give one’s all; to lose one’s all.
13.
(often initial capital letter) the entire universe.
adverb
14.
wholly; entirely; completely:
all alone.
15.
only; exclusively:
He spent his income all on pleasure.
16.
each; apiece:
The score was one all.
17.
Archaic. even; just.
Idioms
18.
above all, before everything else; chiefly:
Above all, the little girl wanted a piano.
19.
after all, in spite of the circumstances; notwithstanding:
He came in time after all.
20.
all at once. (def 9).
21.
all but, almost; very nearly:
These batteries are all but dead.
22.
all in, Northern and Western U.S. very tired; exhausted:
We were all in at the end of the day.
23.
all in all,

24.
all in hand, Printing, Journalism. (of the copy for typesetting a particular article, book, issue, etc.) in the possession of the compositor.
25.
all in the wind, Nautical. too close to the wind.
26.
all out, with all available means or effort:
We went all out to win the war.
27.
all over,

28.
all standing, Nautical.

29.
all that, remarkably; entirely; decidedly (used in negative constructions):
It’s not all that different from your other house.
30.
all the better, more advantageous; so much the better:
If the sun shines it will be all the better for our trip.
31.
all there, Informal. mentally competent; not insane or feeble-minded:
Some of his farfetched ideas made us suspect that he wasn’t all there.
32.
all the same. (def 9).
33.
all told. (def 2).
34.
all up,

35.
and all, together with every other associated or connected attribute, object, or circumstance:
What with the snow and all, we may be a little late.
36.
at all,

37.
for all (that), in spite of; notwithstanding:
For all that, it was a good year.
38.
in all, all included; all together:
a hundred guests in all.
39.
once and for all, for the last time; finally:
The case was settled once and for all when the appeal was denied.
[wuhns] /wʌns/
adverb
1.
at one time in the past; formerly:
I was a farmer once; a once powerful nation.
2.
a single time:
We ate there just once. We go to a movie once a week.
3.
even a single time; at any time; ever:
If the facts once become known, it will be just too bad.
4.
by a single step, degree, or grade:
a cousin once removed.
adjective
5.
former; having at one time been:
the once and future king.
conjunction
6.
if or when at any time; if ever.
7.
whenever; as soon as:
Once you’re finished, you can leave.
noun
8.
a single occasion; one time only:
Once is enough.
Idioms
9.
all at once,

10.
at once,

11.
once and again, repeatedly:
He has been told once and again not to slam the door.
12.
once and for all, decisively; finally:
Let’s settle this problem once and for all.
Also, once for all.
13.
once in a while, at intervals; occasionally:
She stops in to see us once in a while.
14.
once or twice, a very few times; infrequently:
I’ve seen her in the elevator once or twice.
15.
once upon a time, at some unspecified past time, especially a long time ago:
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a prince and princess.
/ɔːl/
determiner
1.

2.
the greatest possible: in all earnestness
3.
any whatever: to lose all hope of recovery, beyond all doubt
4.
above all, most of all; especially
5.
after all, See after (sense 11)
6.
all along, all the time
7.
all but, almost; nearly: all but dead
8.
all of, no less or smaller than: she’s all of thirteen years
9.
all over

10.
See all in
11.
all in all

12.
(usually used with a negative) (informal) all that, that, (intensifier): she’s not all that intelligent
13.
(foll by a comparative adjective or adverb) all the, so much (more or less) than otherwise: we must work all the faster now
14.
all too, definitely but regrettably: it’s all too true
15.
and all

16.
(informal) and all that

17.
as all that, as one might expect or hope: she’s not as pretty as all that, but she has personality
18.
at all

19.
(informal) be all for, to be strongly in favour of
20.
(informal, mainly US) be all that, to be exceptionally good, talented, or attractive
21.
for all

22.
for all that, in spite of that: he was a nice man for all that
23.
in all, altogether: there were five of them in all
adverb
24.
(in scores of games) apiece; each: the score at half time was three all
25.
completely: all alone
26.
(informal) be all …, used for emphasis when introducing direct speech or nonverbal communication: he was all, ‘I’m not doing that’
noun
27.
preceded by my, your, his, etc. (one’s) complete effort or interest: to give your all, you are my all
28.
totality or whole
/wʌns/
adverb
1.
one time; on one occasion or in one case
2.
at some past time; formerly: I could speak French once
3.
by one step or degree (of relationship): a cousin once removed
4.
(in conditional clauses, negatives, etc) ever; at all: if you once forget it
5.
multiplied by one
6.
once and away

7.
once and for all, conclusively; for the last time
8.
once in a while, occasionally; now and then
9.
once or twice, once and again, a few times
10.
once upon a time, used to begin fairy tales and children’s stories
conjunction
11.
(subordinating) as soon as; if ever or whenever: once you begin, you’ll enjoy it
noun
12.
one occasion or case: you may do it, this once
13.
all at once

14.
at once

15.
for once, this time, if (or but) at no other time
adv.

c.1200, anes, from ane “one” (see one ) + adverbial genitive. Replaced Old English æne. Spelling changed as pronunciation shifted from two syllables to one after c.1300. Pronunciation change to “wuns” parallels that of one. As an emphatic, meaning “once and for all,” it is attested from c.1300, but this now is regarded as a Pennsylvania German dialect formation. Meaning “in a past time” (but not necessarily just one time) is from mid-13c.

Once upon a time as the beginning of a story is recorded from 1590s. At once originally (early 13c.) meant “simultaneously,” later “in one company” (c.1300), and preserved the sense of “one” in the word; the phrase typically appeared as one word, atones; the modern meaning “immediately” is attested from 1530s.

Old English eall “all, every, entire,” from Proto-Germanic *alnaz (cf. Old Frisian, Old High German al, Old Norse allr, Gothic alls), with no certain connection outside Germanic.

Combinations with all meaning “wholly, without limit” were common in Old English (e.g. eall-halig “all-holy,” eall-mihtig “all-mighty”) and the method continued to form new compound words throughout the history of English. First record of all out “to one’s full powers” is 1880. All-terrain vehicle first recorded 1968. All clear as a signal of “no danger” is recorded from 1902. All right, indicative of approval, is attested from 1953.
1.
acute lymphocytic leukemia
2.
Albania-lek (currency)

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