all that glitters is not gold
Things that appear on the surface to be of great value may be quite worthless.
Something attractive is not always what it seems, as in This house is really beautiful, but a close look will show dry rot near the foundation—all that glitters is not gold. Aesop stated the same idea in two of his fables (c. 600 b.c.), and a version close to the current wording appeared in 1175.
- All that
the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration): all the cake; all the way; all year. the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively): all students. the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree): with all due respect; with all speed. every: all kinds; all […]
- All that jazz
all that jazz noun Body weight; fat or fatness: I have too much avoirdupois, so I’m dieting
- All that kind of crap
all that kind of crap noun phrase (Variations: shit or stuff or bull may replace crap) Other such stupid and boring things; the depressing remainder: they demand retractions, and all that kind of crap
- All the
Even, more so, as in Painting the room white will make it all the lighter, or They liked her all the better for not pretending, or You don’t care for dessert? Good, all the more for us. Used to underscore a comparison, this idiom was used by Shakespeare in As You Like It (1:2): “All […]
- All the best
of the highest quality, excellence, or standing: the best work; the best students. most advantageous, suitable, or desirable: the best way. largest; most: the best part of a day. most excellently or suitably; with most advantage or success: an opera role that best suits her voice. in or to the highest degree; most fully (usually […]