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all Idioms
نویسنده : غلامعلی عباسی - ساعت ٢:٠٤ ‎ب.ظ روز ۱۳٩٠/۱٠/۱٢


all along

- all the time, throughout

I knew all along that my friend would not get the promotion.

all at once

- suddenly, without warning

All at once, the fire alarm rang and we had to leave the building.

all day long

- the whole day

The girl was happy to wait all day long for the mail to arrive.

all ears

- to be eager to listen to someone

"I`m all ears, please tell me about the party."

all for (someone or something)

- to be very much in favor of someone or something

The woman is all for the manager and she never criticizes her.

all important

- most important, urgent or necessary

The meeting is all important and I plan to attend it.

all in

- to be tired, to be exhausted

I am all in and will go to bed early tonight.

all in a day's work

- to be part of what is expected of you

It was all in a day's work when the firefighters rescued the cat.

all in all

- in summary, after considering everything

We had a few problems but all in all the meeting was successful.

all in one piece

- safely, without damage

Our furniture arrived all in one piece after we moved.

all manner of (someone or something)

- all types of people or things

There were all manner of people at the party.

all night long

- throughout the whole night

We could hear the people next door talking all night long.

all of a sudden

- suddenly, without advance warning

All of a sudden, it became cloudy and began to rain.

all or nothing

- everything, one hundred percent of something

It is all or nothing. If I cannot fully participate in the meeting I will not attend.


- a very good and thorough effort

We are making an all-out-effort to finish our work.

all over but the shouting

- to be decided and finished

It was all over but the shouting for the football fans after their team lost the game.

all over the place

- everywhere

We traveled all over the place on our holiday.

all right

- okay, satisfactory

It should be all right for me to bring my friend to the party.

all set

- to be ready to begin, to be okay

We were all set so we began the meeting.

all sweetness and light

- to be very sweet, to be innocent and helpful

The girl is all sweetness and light after she does something bad.

all systems go

- everything is ready (often used when a rocket is launched)

It was all systems go and we began the installation of the new computer system.

all talk (and no action)

- to talk about doing something but never really doing it

Our boss is all talk and no action and nothing new is ever done in our department.

all the livelong day

- throughout the whole day

I know the words to the song, “I've been working on the railroad, all the livelong day.”

all the rage

- to be in current fashion

The new sneakers were all the rage during the summer.

all the time

- always, continually

My sister asks for money all the time but I never give it to her.

all thumbs

- to have difficulty fixing things or working with one`s hands, to be clumsy

My friend is all thumbs when he fixes things around his house.

all to the good

- for the best, for one's benefit

It was all to the good that my sister quit her job.

all told

- including everything or everyone, counting everything

All told, there were at least twelve candidates for the job.


allow for (someone or something)

- to plan to have enough of something, to plan on the possibility of something

We must allow for enough time to go to the stadium.