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 colloquially to offer assurance that no person or thing is missing.
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 […]
angry fury; violent anger (sometimes used in combination): a speech full of rage; incidents of road rage. a fit of violent anger: Her rages usually don’t last too long. fury or violence of wind, waves, fire, disease, etc. violence of feeling, desire, or appetite: the rage of thirst. a violent desire or passion. ardor; fervor; […]
- All reet
all reet interjection An exclamation of approval: ”All reat” is the rug-cutters’ way of saying ”all right” (1930s+)